Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Greenstick Fractures

Greenstick fractures occur most commonly in children because their bones are softer and more flexible than the bones of adults.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Greenstick Fractures

A greenstick fracture occurs when a bone bends and cracks instead of breaking completely into separate pieces.

Insight:

  • 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.

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