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Greenstick Fractures

What Is a Greenstick Fracture?

A greenstick fracture is a type of broken bone. A bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone.

Who Gets Greenstick Fractures?

Most greenstick fractures happen in kids younger than 10 years old because their bones are softer and more flexible than adult bones. So the injury causes the bone to bend, but not fully break.Illustration: Greenstick fracture

How Do Greenstick Fractures Happen?

Greenstick fractures usually happen when a child falls and reaches a hand out to break the fall.

How Are Greenstick Fractures Treated?

Usually, specialists treat this type of fracture with a cast.

Date reviewed: May 2018