What are Forearm and Wrist Fractures?
Forearm fractures make up 50% of all fractures that we see in children and occur in 1 in every 100 kids! The forearm is made up of two bones from your elbow to your wrist called your radius and ulna and can break anywhere along their length. Sometimes only one of the bones is broken and other times both bones break. Fractures near the wrist may be associated with a break through or near the growth plate.
A majority of these fractures can be treated with a cast and without surgery. If the bones are not aligned appropriately, the physician may need to reset the bones so that they are aligned correctly. This is sometimes done in the office depending on the age of the child and the severity of the break, or it may require sedation in the emergency department or operating room. After the break is set, your child will be followed closely with xrays over the next few weeks to make sure that the bones are healing properly.
Torus or buckle fractures occur when the bone buckles or compresses on one side and does not break all the way through. This type of fracture is common in children in the forearm and can often be treated with a very short course of casting or even removable bracing in some children.
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