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Greenville Shriners Hospital's injury care program

Greenville Shriners Hospital's injury care program

Climbing trees, jumping into the pool, trampoline bounces and bicycle races – activity levels of children increase as the weather heats up. In turn, so does the number of pediatric injuries. At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, physicians are applying the same trusted orthopaedic care they provide in complex cases to common kid-acquired injuries that happen day-to-day.

In March 2017, Greenville Shriners Hospital’s injury care program was launched in response to a number of factors.

“We had families of children with special needs who also wanted their typically developing children to receive orthopaedic care through Shriners,” said Lauren Hyer, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon. “There were also outside hospitals wanting to refer children with injuries to us.”

In its first year, the Greenville Shriners Hospital's injury care program treated approximately 200 patients. That number continues to rise as children with stable orthopaedic injuries that are not serious enough for the emergency department, yet require prompt evaluation and care, increasingly access the hospital’s program. Children with strains, sprains, stable fractures or sports injuries are seen within 48 hours of referral, and new patients have the benefit of being evaluated by one of Greenville Shriners Hospital’s pediatric orthopaedic surgeons.

“Unlike adults, children have growing bones and it is important to have someone who knows what the growth plates are supposed to look like when examining an injury,” said Dr. Hyer. “Many of the fractures we see are subtle, but we are able to offer the careful eye of an orthopedic surgeon, all within the comfort of a children’s hospital.”

In addition to providing focused care that is tailored to a child’s body at the time of the injury, the program offers a range of treatment options, including therapy, bracing and casting, all under one roof. Should an injury require surgery, it is possible to have the child in the operating room the same day.

“It is unique to be able to provide the services from initial visit to surgery all in one convenient location,” said Dr. Hyer. “If a child with a routine injury is seen in an urgent care center and needs surgery, they would have to be referred to an orthopedist. At the Greenville Shriners Hospital we are able to remove a step from the process.”

Children can be seen at the injury clinic Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Patients can call the referral line at 866-459-0013, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment.