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Greenstick Fractures

  • What are Greenstick Fractures?

    Greenstick fractures occur in children because their bones are softer and more flexible than those of adults. A greenstick fracture occurs when the child’s bone cracks or bends, but doesn’t break completely into separate pieces. It might be difficult to diagnose greenstick fractures as the child might still be able to use his/her affected limb normally. Such fractures are commonly mistaken for bruises or sprains.

  • Greenstick fractures occur when children:

    • Fall during play or sports activities
    • Use their arms to catch themselves when falling (which is why arm fractures are more common than leg fractures)
  • Your child may not show any symptoms and may continue to use the affected limb with full motion if the greenstick fracture is mild. However, in some cases your child can suffer from the following:

    • A deformed or twisted limb
    • Pain
    • Significant swelling

    You need to contact your doctor if your child has persistent pain, can’t bear weight or can’t use the injured limb normally.

  • The treatment of greenstick fractures includes:

    • Follow-up x-rays to check the healing process
    • Immobilising the injured limb in a cast or a splint

    Since children’s bone heal faster than those of adults, your child may only need to stay in splint or cast for three to four weeks before it is removed or replaced with a smaller cast.

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