If your child has significant pain or an obvious deformity, you might go straight to an emergency room or urgent care clinic. The doctor who first examines your child may recommend a consultation with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.
What you can do
To prepare for your conversation with the doctor, you may want to write a quick list that includes:
- Your child's symptoms
- How the injury occurred
- Your child's key medical information, including any previous fractures, other medical problems, allergies, and the names of all medications and vitamins he or she takes
- Any other questions you want to ask the doctor
Remember to bring a copy of any X-ray images (usually on a disk) and medical notes if your child has already been seen at an urgent care clinic or another medical center.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask:
- Was there a clear injury associated with the beginning of symptoms?
- Has your child been able to walk or bear weight on the limb?
- Where exactly does it hurt?