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A greenstick fracture is a type of broken bone. A bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone. It is called a “greenstick” fracture because it can look like a branch that has broken and splintered on one side.
Most greenstick fractures happen in kids younger than 10 years old because their bones are softer and more flexible than adult bones.
In teens and adults, the injury may break the bone all the way through. But in children, the bone breaks on one side only.
Greenstick fractures usually happen when a child falls and reaches a hand out to break the fall.
specialists treat this type of fracture with a cast.
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A comminuted fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces.
A buckle or torus fracture is a type of broken bone. One side of the bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the other side of the bone.
Learn about broken collarbones (or clavicle fractures), a common sports injury in kids.
A broken collarbone is one of the most common types of broken bones. Find out how it can happen – and how to treat and avoid fractures.
A broken bone needs emergency medical care. Here’s what to do if you think your child just broke a bone.
A broken bone requires emergency medical care. Here’s what to do.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal. New bone forms within a few weeks of the injury, although full healing can take longer.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in kids. Full healing can take time, but new bone usually forms a few weeks after an injury.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in kids. Here’s how.
Some injuries will heal best if a cast is used. Find out how they work and how to take care of them in this article for kids.
Casts keep bones and other tissues in place while they heal. Here’s what to expect, and how to care for casts.
This article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.
You probably can’t waitÂ toÂ get back to your normal activities, but it takes a while for a limb that’s been in a cast to finish healing. Here’s what to expect.
A greenstick fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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