These fractures are among the most frequent fractures in childhood and generally develop due to falling from height on hands. While in some cases it occurs as partial fracture specific to childhood (“greenstick fracture”) in other cases it develops as a fully separated fracture as seen in adults.
With fracture, severe swelling, sensitivity and deformity occurs. In this case, the x-rays taken by the orthopaedist are used to examine whether the fracture affects both bones in the forearm, how much the bones have bent, whether bones are short and whether wrist and elbow are affected. After answering all these questions, treatment is planned in consideration of certain criteria. If the treatment is simply relocating the fracture, it can be cast or methods including various implants such as plates, screws or wires after invasive or non-invasive corrections. The potential complications after the treatment include repeat fractures at the same location (up to 10%), partial mobility restriction in the forearm, or compartment syndrome with appears especially after severe trauma due to excessive swelling and that may affect veins and nerves. Necessary measures are taken against all these but any complications that may nevertheless occur are also treated.
Contents of the page are for information purposes only, you must consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.