Falls and Trauma

Falls and Trauma offered in Irvine, Eastvale and Corona, CA

Falls and trauma can cause broken bones and fractures, but they also include injuries such as sprains and strains. At American Pediatrics, with offices in Corona, Eastvale, and Irvine, California, the experienced team provides comprehensive care for minor broken bones and acute injuries to help your child get back to their normal routines. If your child obtains an acute injury as a result of a fall or trauma, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today. Same-day sick visits and telehealth consultations are also available. 

What acute injuries are caused by falls and trauma?

Falls and trauma can cause acute injuries that affect your child’s musculoskeletal system, which includes their bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, joints, and connective tissues throughout their body. 

The team at American Pediatrics provides comprehensive care for an acute injury affecting your child’s ability to walk and perform normal routines. If you’re not sure whether your child’s condition can be treated with acute care, contact the office and the team can help guide you on the appropriate next steps.

What types of trauma require specialized care?

Some types of traumatic injuries, from a simple fracture to severe injuries resulting in complex fractures, may require specialized care.

These are a few examples of common traumatic injuries:

  • Fractures to bones and joints
  • Dislocations
  • ACL tears
  • Meniscus tears

If your child requires an orthopedic specialist, the American Pediatrics team can refer you to a local doctor who can help you.

What symptoms develop due to falls and trauma?

Injured bones and soft tissues from falls and trauma can cause symptoms, such as:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Major bruising
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Inability to move the affected part
  • Inability to place weight on the injured part
  • Abnormal shape to the arm or leg

You may hear a popping or cracking noise at the time of the injury. It’s also easy to mistake a severe sprain with a fracture, especially when your child suffers an ankle sprain. 

Even if they can place some weight on the injured leg or use an injured arm, it’s important to get a full examination to be sure they don’t have a fracture.

What treatments might my child need following falls and trauma?

Treatment for falls and trauma ranges from immobilizing a simple fracture in which the bones are properly aligned, to surgery to clean the wound, realign the bones, and stabilize the fracture with rods and screws. Your child may need an orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist, or chiropractor to restore function. 

Fractures always require immobilization using a cast or brace. After treating your child’s acute injury, the team coordinates with other specialists and continues to provide care throughout their recovery. Depending on the body part that’s injured and the severity of your trauma, recovery usually takes a couple of weeks.

To learn more about acute care for falls and trauma, call American Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.