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Should my child see a pediatric orthopedist for a broken hand?

The treatment for adults and children with broken bones is sometimes different, especially since the bones in a child are not yet mature and thus still need to grow. You may wish to have your child evaluated by a pediatric orthopedist or hand specialist in order to ensure your child receives the most appropriate and effective care based on his age and the nature of his injury. (This answer provided for NATA by the Indiana University Athletic Training Education Program)

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