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Buckle Fractures

What Is a Buckle Fracture?

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 because their bones are softer flexible than adult bones. So the injury causes the bone to bend and buckle, instead of breaking.Illustration: Buckle fracture

How Do Buckle Fractures Happen?

A buckle fracture usually happens when the bone is compressed — for example, when a child falls onto an outstretched hand.

How Are Buckle Fractures Treated?

Treatment for a buckle fracture is usually a splint.

Date reviewed: May 2018