Types of Pediatric Fractures | Children’s Mercy Kansas City

incomplete fractures

When only one side of the bone is broken and the other remains intact or bends slightly but does not break completely into two pieces, it is called an incomplete fracture.

Torus or “buckle” fractures Torus fractures are the most common fracture in children. They often happen around the wrist when children fall and try to catch themselves.

Greenstick Fractions – Greenstick breaks get their name from the fact that they resemble trying to break a small tree branch that is still alive. One side of the bone will break, but the other will remain connected but can bend. Greenstick fractures are treated with closed reduction or surgery, depending on the angle of the fracture.

Plastic or “bending” deformities – Children’s bones are slightly more flexible than adults’, so they can develop some bending or curvature into a bone without an obvious fracture line. These are still treated as a fracture to repair the bone correctly.

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