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news News Thursday, June 4, 2020 Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:38 PM - Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:38 PM

Hoverboard accident glides patient into walk-in fracture clinic

Hoverboard accident glides patient into walk-in fracture clinic

Hoverboards have become very popular over the last few years, and many children and adults fall daily while trying to learn how to operate them. Sometimes it seems like you’ve got the hang of it, but in a split second, you could make the wrong move and end up on the floor. In the case of 13-year-old Alexander, his hoverboard accelerated and starting going extremely fast, and he flipped over on the floor, breaking his upper right humerus bone.

When accidents like this occur, parents typically take their children directly to the emergency room, and once the injury or fracture is confirmed, they are often directed to follow-up with a pediatric orthopaedic specialist. Fortunately for Alexander, he already had one because the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital staff has been treating him for ulnar mammary syndrome since he was 2. This rare genetic syndrome includes upper limb defects and incomplete development of the fingers and forearm.

Alexander’s mom, Jennifer, admitted that she did not realize the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital offered a walk-in fracture clinic. Still, she knew that they were exactly who she needed to call after leaving the emergency room. At our clinic, children with an injury can see an experienced pediatric orthopaedic specialist without an appointment.

The day after visiting the ER, Jennifer brought Alexander to the clinic. They were able to see his regular orthopaedic doctor, Scott Kozin, M.D. Since casting is not possible for most types of upper body fractures, patients are usually treated with a sling or brace, and with time the fracture will heal itself. Alexander was given a sling to wear for three weeks and then scheduled to return for a follow-up appointment to see if he would require any further care.

All patients at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital walk-in fracture clinic receive total fracture care, which may include reduction, surgery, casting, post-fracture follow-up, and sometimes even physical or occupational therapy. Our streamlined services are offered Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Shriners Hospitals for Children is now part of most major insurance networks. We care for any child regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

If you believe your child or know a child that could benefit from the care provided at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, call 215-430-4140 or email us. If you have any questions specifically for our walk-in fracture clinic staff, please do not hesitate to contact our staff at 215-430-4073.