SCIENCE is a study is trying to improve the treatment of children who have a broken bone in the elbow called an ‘epicondyle fracture’.Read more
This study will compare the two commonly used treatments used across the UK.Read more
Your child has got this type of broken bone.Read more
You are free to decide if you want your child to take partRead more
What will happen if my child takes part?Read more
Your child will either be treated with a cast or splint, or with an operation.Read more
Each of these routinely used treatments has potential advantages and disadvantages.Read more
You and your child can leave the study at any time.Read more
Each of these routinely used treatments has potential advantages and disadvantages.
Resting the arm in plaster cast for up to 4 weeks, to allow it to heal by itself:
The benefit is avoiding surgery. However, the main risk of this is that healing is less reliable, which may lead to an unstable elbow causing pain, stiffness and/or clunking and may rarely need more complex surgery later on.
Surgery to fix the bone, usually with a screw and a splint or cast for up to 4 weeks:
The benefit is more reliable healing. There are however risks of surgery, which include those associated with an anaesthetic (low risk), wound healing problems, pain or stiffness, injury to nerves supplying the fingers and breakage of the bone or metal. There is commonly the need for a second surgery to remove the screw once the bone has healed.
Dan, SCIENCE study doctor