With a greenstick fracture, the bone cracks but doesn’t break into more than one piece. Kids are especially prone to these kinds of fractures, because their bones tend to be more flexible. Although the bones do not separate with greenstick fractures, they still require urgent care to prevent further injury.
Greenstick fractures are generally treated using an immobilizing cast for four to eight weeks, during which time your child may need periodic X-rays to determine if the bone is healing as expected. In some cases, the pediatrician at the urgent care facility may need to straighten the bone back out before putting on the cast. For your child’s comfort, he or she may receive pain medications and sedation if straightening the bone is necessary.
At Pediatrics After Hours, our in-house X-ray services for kids in the DFW area allow us to make quick diagnoses of injuries and illnesses, so your child can start treatment as soon as possible. You can get answers to all of your questions about our pediatric urgent care services by calling 972-355-2273.