A greenstick fracture is a type of broken
bone. A bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone. It
is called a "greenstick" fracture because it can look like a branch that has broken
and splintered on one side.
Who Gets Greenstick Fractures?
Most greenstick fractures happen in kids younger than 10 years old. That's because
kids' bones are softer
and more flexible than adult bones.
In a grown-up or teen, a greenstick fracture may break the bone all the way through.
But in kids, the bone breaks on just one side.
How Do Kids Get Greenstick Fractures?
Most greenstick fractures happen when a kid falls and puts a hand out to break
How Are Greenstick Fractures Treated?
Usually, doctors who specialize in caring for bones treat a greenstick fracture
with a cast.