If your child is involved in sports, chances are throughout their career they will get injured on or off the field. A pediatric orthopedist can provide care for many concerns such as broken bones, sprains, strains and ACL tears. However, if your child sustains a more serious injury while on the field, emergency care may be necessary.
If Your Child Has These Symptoms, Visit the Pediatric ER
Seek ER treatment for your child's orthopedic injury if:
- The child is younger than 4 years old and cannot use the arm or bear weight on the leg that was injured.
- The limb that was injured looks misshapen or bone is protruding from the skin.
Concussions are also a significant concern for sports injuries, and special care is required after a concussion. If your child's injury is accompanied by these symptoms, emergency care may be necessary:
- Loss of consciousness
- Change in level of consciousness (asks repetitive questions, has memory loss)
- Vomiting more than once
- Abdominal pain
- Neck pain
- Difficulty breathing
Our pediatric ER is close to home and able to help treat your child's sports injury. The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial strives to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality, pediatric emergency care.