Our toddler fell and broke her arm near a growth plate at 30 months.  Will she need physical therapy?

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Treatment depends on which bone is broken and the pattern of the injury. If your child was or is in a cast, it will also depend on what joints are casted. The length of time the cast is worn will vary depending on the severity of the fracture. A stable fracture may require 3 to 4 weeks in a cast. A more serious injury may need to be immobilized for 6 to 10 weeks. When the cast is removed, the wrist and elbow joints may be stiff for 2 to 3 weeks. Young children are very resilient and tend to recover much more quickly than adults. This stiffness will go away on its own, usually without the need for physical therapy. Your orthopedic doctor will determine what steps need to be taken when the cast is removed.