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Falls and motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of trauma injuries in children over the age of 1. Many children injured by falling or as a passenger, pedestrian or bicycle rider in a motor vehicle accident sustain multiple injuries such as broken bones, back and neck injuries and mild to severe brain damage.
Pediatric trauma surgeons at Riley at IU Health work with a team of pediatric specialists including doctors in emergency medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, respiratory care and many specialty nurses to provide lifesaving treatments. The trauma surgeons at Riley at IU Health treat more than 1,400 children a year. The high number of patients helps doctors anticipate what kind of care may be needed for children who have similar injuries.
The most common serious trauma injuries include:
Once your child is out of danger and in a stable condition, rehabilitation may begin. A physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor) and a team of nurses will evaluate your child and recommend rehabilitation therapy to help him or her regain mobility and recover from the injury.
When your child sustains a traumatic injury:
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