A buckle fracture is the most common childhood fracture. It is a partial break of the bone. This happens when one side of the bone bends and buckles without breaking the other side of the bone.

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What are the signs and symptoms of a buckle fracture?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty moving
  • Difficulty bearing weight

What causes a buckle fracture?

Buckle fractures—like other broken bones—can happen as the result of a fall or accident. Serious impact can lead to a buckle fracture.

How are buckle fractures diagnosed?

  • Physical exam
  • X-rays

How are buckle fractures treated?

In most cases, buckle fractures heal with immobilization, rest and activity restriction. Your child’s doctor may choose a splint or cast to treat the injury. Arm slings are sometimes recommended. Buckle fractures usually heal in 2-4 weeks.

It is important to treat fractures as soon as possible. Doctors at Connecticut Children’s can help if you suspect your child has a buckle fracture.