Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
In general, the younger the orthopedic patient, the greater is the chance for remodeling of bone. A fracture in a young person doesn’t have to be as tightly realigned because remodeling will take hold and the bone will heal properly.
The leading cause of death in the 1-14 year age group is an accidental injury. About 10-15 percent of all childhood injuries will involve bony injury. A large majority of these injuries will involve a finger or a toe. There has been an increase in bony injuries among children in the last 50 years—mostly because of a greater participation in sporting activities. The incidence of fracture is highest among boys with 42 percent of boys up until the age of 16 suffering from a fracture, compared to only 27 percent of girls in the same age range. Most boys will get their fracture at about sixteen years of age, while the peak age for fractures in girls being 12 years of age. Fortunately, it is rare for a young person to sustain an open fracture of any kind.