You’re at home. It’s been suspiciously quiet for quite some time. And then…
A shout. A crash. A cry.
You know what that means.
The last thing you want as a parent is for your child to be hurt. Kids can be pretty resilient; usually when you rush in to make sure everything is okay, it’s just a bruise, a scrape, or even just hurt feelings. Sometimes, though, they land a little too hard, or fall at just the right angle.
When your child is hurt, you want the fastest solution. That is where we come in! Our team is ready and able to handle pediatric injuries. If we’re open, there’s no need to take them to the ER or their general practitioner first; we can offer definitive treatment on the spot, instead of a referral to another specialist. We offer walk-in hours for this very reason, so you can be seen quickly. Ideally, we’d like to see them within 24 hours of the injury, so we can make sure anything that needs more extensive medical attention can be taken care of before it causes further pain or damage.
What should you do if you can’t get to us immediately? First, stay calm. We know it’s scary when your child is hurt, but keeping calm will keep your child at ease (and if they’re already hurting, we wouldn’t want to upset them further.) Ice and immobilize the injury to reduce swelling and prevent further damage as well.
When it’s time to come in, feel free to bring a comfort object from home. Doctor’s offices are scary, especially to a child that is hurt. You can bring their favorite toy, blanket, or a tablet to keep them distracted during the wait.
After you’ve been checked in, we’ll make sure you’re seen as quickly as possible. We’ll do some initial diagnostics, and possibly some imaging: x-rays, radiographs, MRIs, and the like. Our variety of options allow us to give your child care that is customized to their injury. And of course you can stay with them during initial or follow-up imaging. From there, we can determine the best course of action, whether it be a splint, a brace, a cast, or other recommended care.
“The good news is most of the injuries we see from kids are non-surgical,” Dr. Bart Eastwood said. “The whole episode could be over in as little as 3 visits.”
We have extensive experience with kids, many of us having young ones of our own! We’ll take good care of your child, making sure they feel safe, secure, and okay after their injury. Casting and removing the cast can be scary, but our experienced practitioners will make sure your child sees there’s nothing to be afraid of!
No one wants their child to be injured, but when they lead active lives, it’s a real possibility. Here at Sideline Orthopedics, you can trust us to make sure you child gets the care and help they need and deserve! Visit our website for more information or give us a call at 540.552.7133 to make an appointment.