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Health Information For Teens
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 cause the bone to break all the way through. But in kids, the bone breaks on one side only.
Greenstick fractures usually happen when someone falls and reaches a hand out to break the fall.
specialists treat this type of fracture with a cast.
Bones are tough stuff – but even tough stuff can break. Find out what happens when a bone fractures.
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.
This article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.
A splint is a support device that keeps an injured area from moving. Doctors often use splints to hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a fracture.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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