A Closer Look at Greenstick Fractures

Although rare in adults, greenstick fractures are common in kids, whose bones are not yet completely developed. Symptoms for some greenstick fractures are mild, but it's important to get pediatric urgent care treatment as soon as possible if you think your child has experienced a fracture to ensure that it heals properly. Could your child be suffering from a greenstick fracture? Get the facts here.

What is a greenstick fracture?

Greenstick fractures occur when the bone cracks but doesn't break completely. Typically, small, secondary cracks that resemble tree branches spread out from the center of the main injury. These kinds of fractures are more common in children than adults because their bones are more flexible and can bend more than adult bones. Greenstick fractures are particularly common in children less than 10 years old.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of greenstick fractures include pain, swelling, bruising, and reduced range of motion. If the fracture is very mild, the pain may be minor aching that suggests a sprain, while severe fractures can cause intense pain. Even if the symptoms are mild, if you suspect that your child has experienced a greenstick fracture, go to an urgent care facility for an X-ray to get an accurate diagnosis.

How are greenstick fractures treated?

All greenstick fractures require treatment, no matter the severity, as leaving fractures untreated could cause further injury and cause a full break of the bone to occur. Typically, pediatricians recommend casts for greenstick fractures, to keep the bone immobilized as it heals, but for minor fractures, a removable split may also be used. During treatment, your child will need X-rays on a regular basis to ensure that the bone is healing properly.

Pediatrics After Hours offers X-rays onsite so you can get a fast diagnosis of your child's injury. With four urgent care locations in the DFW area, we're sure to have a facility near you so you can get treatment for your child even when the pediatrician's office is closed. To learn more about our pediatric urgent care clinics, please call (214) 363-7242.

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