Clinical Pearl of the Day: Greenstick Fractures
A greenstick fracture occurs when a bone bends and cracks instead of breaking completely into separate pieces.
- Most greenstick fractures occur in children younger than 10 years of age.
- This type of broken bone most commonly occurs in children because their bones are softer and more flexible than the bones of adults.
- Even mild greenstick fractures are usually immobilized in a cast.
- Diagnosis includes physical exam and X-ray to determine the extent of the fracture.
- The physician may provide a splint. Recheck of the arm is needed within 4 to 8 weeks after the fracture to make sure the fracture is completely healed. If not, the provider may suggest the use of a cast.