All Children's Hospital Logo

Health Information Library

Parents > First Aid & Safety > Emergencies > Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains
Broken Bones, Sprains, and Strains

A broken (fractured) bone requires emergency care. Suspect a possible broken bone if your child heard or felt a bone snap, if your child has difficulty moving the injured part, or if the injured part moves in an unnatural way or is very painful to the touch.

A sprain occurs when the ligaments, which hold bones together, are overstretched and partially torn. Simply overstretching any part of the musculature is called a strain. Sprains and strains generally cause swelling and pain, and there may be bruises around the injured area. Most sprains, after proper medical evaluation, can be treated at home.

What to Do:

For a Suspected Broken Bone:
For a Suspected Sprain or Strain:

ice pack on ankle

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: September 2010

Related Articles
T    Bones, Muscles, and Joints
P    Broken Bones
T    Broken Bones
P    Broken Bones Instruction Sheet
P    Common Childhood Orthopedic Conditions
K    Cool Cast Facts
T    Dealing With Broken Bones
P    Dislocations Instruction Sheet
P    Frequently Asked Questions About Casts
T    Strains and Sprains
K    Strains and Sprains Are a Pain
K    The Facts About Broken Bones
P    What You Need to Know in an Emergency
K    Your Bones
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2014 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.

Related Information

Orthopaedic & Scoliosis Surgery
External Links
Physician Directory
Related Pages

Additional Info

Pocket Doc Mobile App
Maps and Locations (Mobile)
Programs & Services
For Health Professionals
For Patients & Families
Contact Us
Find a Doctor

All Children's Hospital
501 6th Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 898-7451
(800) 456-4543

Use Normal Template
© 2014 All Children's Hospital - All Rights Reserved