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Buckle Fractures

What's a Buckle Fracture?

A buckle 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?

Buckle fractures — also called torus (say: TORE-uss) fractures — usually happen in kids under 10 years old.

That's because kids' bones are softer and more flexible than adult bones. So the injury makes a kid's bones bend and buckle, rather than break.

Illustration: Buckle fracture

How Do Kids Get Buckle Fractures?

A buckle fracture usually happens when the bone gets pressed on really hard. This can happen when a kid falls and reaches an arm out to break the fall.

How Are Buckle Fractures Treated?

Doctors usually treat a buckle fracture with a splint.

Date reviewed: June 2018