Fractures, Sprains and Strains

We treat more kids with broken bones than anyone in Georgia. 

What does this data mean? 
In 2013, Children’s treated more than 21,000 fractures, sprains and strains in children and young adults. That translates to more than 400 fracture-related visits every week—just for kids. 

Why are volumes important? 
In the Fracture Care Program, we work with orthopaedic surgeons, who have expertise in helping growing bones heal properly. This specialized care helps ensure better recoveries, getting children back being kids sooner. We also:

  • Offer care at multiple neighborhood locations in metro Atlanta, making treatment of fractures, strains and sprains convenient to busy families.
  • Have dedicated doctors and staff trained and experienced in caring for children and teens with fractures, sprains and strains. 
  • Know bones heal faster in young people—which is why children and teens with a broken bone may spend less time in a cast if they are followed by a pediatric-trained specialist who knows how growing bones heal.

How do we make sure we are providing high-quality care? 
Orthopaedic surgeons providing services for the Fracture Care Program have years of special training to treat active children and teens whose bodies are still growing and developing.

  • The growth plates in children’s bones are the last part to harden. Orthopaedic surgeons take special care to help prevent complications from injuries or fractures to growth plates. These surgeons are board-certified or board-eligible and have completed residencies in orthopaedic surgery and additional fellowships in pediatric orthopaedic surgery or sports medicine.
  • Children’s offers easy access to more than 20 pediatric-trained orthopaedic surgeons on our active medical staff for follow-up care.
  • X-rays are used to quickly diagnose fractures. Our board-certified pediatric radiologists have one or more years of additional training in the diagnosis of infants, children and teens using imaging equipment. The equipment and the amount of radiation used for X-rays are based on the size and special needs of young patients so that exposure to radiation is minimized
  • The pediatric orthopaedic surgeons participating in our Fracture Care Program use digital technology to view X-rays in real time and offer treatment recommendations even while off-site.