How to explain a fracture to a child:

Q&A with Mr John Nixon, Orthopaedic Surgeon at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

In this short article JackNDrBetty blog are meeting with our dear friend Mr John Nixon, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Mr Nixon will help us understand what a fracture is, how it can happen, and how it can be managed.

What is a fracture?
A fracture is when a bone in your body breaks. Just like a stick breaks when you try to bend it too much, sometimes your bones can break if you fall or get hit really hard.

How do Broken Bones Happen?
So, a broken bone is called a fracture. In children like you, fractured can happen from a fall, in an accident or while playing sports.

Can anyone get a fracture?
A fracture can happen to anyone, regardless of age or activity level. Although it can be painful and limit movement, the good news is that bones have a remarkable ability to heal themselves.

How would I feel if I had a fracture?
When you have a fracture, it might hurt a lot and you might not be able to move the part of your body where the broken bone is. Sometimes, you might need to wear a special cast to help the bone heal and get better.

But don’t worry! Your body is really good at healing itself, and with a little bit of time and patience, your bone will get better and you’ll be back to running around and playing in no time! Just make sure to rest and take care of yourself while your bone is healing.

What should I do if I think I have a fracture?
If you suspect that you have a fracture, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. The doctor may order an X-ray or other imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis and determine the severity of the fracture.

Is there anything I should do to help myself?

  • You need to rest and look after yourself.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eating the rainbow is a great idea!
  • You also need to look after the cast or splint.
  • Use your listening ears…and follow what the doctor and nurse advised.

Mr John Alexander Nixon
Mr Nixon is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, and a Wellness and Resilience Coach. He is passionate about the human body and its amazing abilities to move efficiently, heal effectively and affect our inner self. Through his medical training he has become an ardent believer in prevention as a way of improving our quality of life. Outside his busy clinical practice, he is a Wellness and Resilience Coach in “The Empower Clinic”.

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Prof Ioanna Nixon, Consultant Oncologist, executive Coach, and author.
Prof Ioanna Nixon
is a senior oncologist in Glasgow, UK. She specialises in sarcomas and her research focuses on novel cancer therapies, quality of life and clinical innovations. She has led the Scottish Sarcoma Network since 2015 till early 2022and is the Cancer Innovation Lead for the West of Scotland. She is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Glasgow University and an academic at Strathclyde Business School, researching on health policy and leadership. She is also an executive coach, specialising on resilience, leadership, and wellness.
She is the Founder of WEE LEADERS and The Empower Clinic, aiming to help people live a healthy, long, purposeful life.

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