My son broke his arm on 9-21-07, we had the x-ray done at the E.R.,but since it was a friday we had to wait until Monday to have it casted. The Ortheopedic doctor who casted it, "glanced" at the x-ray from the E.R. then casted it without doing any kind of exam. Not even a month later, on the 18th of October he took the cast off, x-rayed it after he took the cast off,then proceeds to tell me to not let him lift anything with the arm that is heavier than a football. The x-ray of his arm looked worse when he took the cast off than before it was ever put on. So I called the closest childrens hospital to get him in to be seen. But here is where I am worried. The x-ray report from the hospital says that he has a comminuted fracture, which I have looked up several times, and it says those are when there is several breaks in a bone,almost like a crushing of the bone. Could he now have to go through surgery to have this fixed? He still has pain in the arm if he even just rubs up against something. Should that cast of been taken off or was it done to soon? Is he going to have permanent damage now?? I am very worried at this point!!!
This type of fracture takes longer to heal and the damage shouldn't be permanent. I fractured my arm skiing and it took a few months before it completely healed but now it is as good as new.
If he needed surgery he would probably have had it already. The good thing about bone breaks is they heal really well especially when you are young.
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