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Fractures

Getting Treatment at OIC

At OIC, your child will see a specialized pediatric orthopaedic team—specialists who are trained to diagnose and treat problems in children’s bones, joints, and muscles. This specialized treatment will help ensure that your child’s fracture heals properly and doesn’t cause any problems as their body grows.   


 

Preparing for Your Child's Appointment

Here’s how to prepare for an appointment at the Fracture Clinic so you can make things go as smoothly as possible.  

Before the Appointment, Please...

  • Plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of time. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate late patients and may need to reschedule.    
  • Call if you’re running late. We will try to accommodate you, if possible.
  • Let us know as far in advance as possible if you need to reschedule.
  • Do not feed your child within an hour of her appointment. If they have to get medication, food can cause nausea.
  • Be aware that after you arrive, there might be a wait time in order to allow our team to review your child’s case completely.
  • Make sure the child goes with a parent or legal guardian, or with an adult who has been previously authorized. A legal guardian will need a photo ID and court documents.
  • Bring the correct documents:
    • Patient’s insurance card
    • Parent’s picture ID. If legal guardian, also bring court documents
    • X-rays (films/CD) from other physicians or medical centers, if available
    • Emergency room discharge paperwork, if available
    • List of current medications
    • Medical records, if available

 

History of the Injury

Before the team can make a diagnosis, they may ask you and your child about the injury. Be ready to answer these questions:

How did your child get injured?

Give details on what they were doing and how the injury occurred.

When did your child get injured?

This helps the medical team understand how long ago the injury happened and where your child might be in the healing process.

What are the symptoms?

The way you describe the injury helps the medical team decide the best treatment. Be as descriptive as possible.

What type of pain does your child have?

Maybe an ongoing ache, a shooting pain, a throb. Again, this helps determine the treatment plan.

When does the pain occur?

The medical team needs to know if any particular motions make the pain better or worse as part of diagnosing the injury.

What steps have you taken to relieve the pain?

Again, this helps the medical team know what’s working or making the injury worse.

Have you taken your child to the emergency room, or to see other doctors?

The medical team needs to know who else has been involved in treating the pain in case they need to reach out with questions.


 

Medical History

The team will also need to know as much as they can about your child’s medical history—other unrelated health conditions, surgeries, allergies, etc. This will help them develop a treatment plan that is safe for your child and also fixes the injury. 

  • Does your child have allergies to any medications or foods?
  • Does your child currently take medication for a health condition or illness unrelated to the injury?
  • Does your child have any medical conditions, or have they in the past?
  • Has your child injured this body part, or had a similar injury, before?

And of course, feel free to ask questions.