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Traumatic injuries

Traumatic injuries

Friction burn, also called road rash, is an abrasion of the skin caused when the skin is rubbed briskly over a rough surface. Friction burns can be the result of falling on or being drug over gravel, rough cement or asphalt. Friction burns can be quite serious and painful, and result in first, second or third degree burns. Depending on the size and depth of injury, friction burns may be treated conservatively with a dressing and ointments, or require skin grafting. An experienced pediatric plastic surgeon can determine what treatment is best for your child’s condition.

Friction burn

Treadmill injuries

Home exercise equipment such as exercise bikes and treadmills have become commonplace in the home. The natural curiosity of children makes them at risk of injury by these devices. More than 8,700 children are injured by exercise equipment every year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The most common injuries are lacerations, friction burns and contusions.

Fingers, hands and arms are most often the sites of injury; however, other body parts can also be affected. These injuries can be severe and can be excruciatingly painful to the child. Injuries such as these may require a hospital stay, skin grafting or other surgical intervention.

Treadmill before and after

Traumatic alopecia

Traumatic alopecia is generally caused from a traumatic injury or burn to the scalp. Once hair follicles are damaged to such a degree, there may be little to no hair growth at the site. Depending on the size and location of hair loss, surgical intervention and the use of tissue expanders may minimize the affected area – and tissue expanders may be an option to increase the healthy scalp surface, which can be used to cover the areas of missing hair.