A buckle (or torus) fracture is a type of broken
bone. One side of a bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the
other side of the bone.
Who Gets Buckle Fractures?
This type of fracture usually happens in children under 10 years old. That's because
their bones are
softer and more flexible than adult bones. So the injury makes the bone bend and buckle,
rather than break.
How Do Buckle Fractures Happen?
A buckle fracture usually happens when the bone is compressed (pressed together
with force). This can happen, for example, when a child falls
onto an outstretched hand.
How Are Buckle Fractures Treated?
Health care providers treat most buckle fractures with a splint.