Children and Young People’s Emergency Department
You have been given this information because your child has got a ‘buckle’ or ‘greenstick’ fracture (break) of the radius, one of the forearm bones near the wrist.
Young bone is still soft and very ï¬exible. For this reason, instead of breaking all the way through, the bone has a small crack or kink on one side only.
This type of injury heals very well in a simple and easy to apply splint rather than a cumbersome plaster.
Most of these injuries heal perfectly well if the splint is worn for three weeks. If however your child is happy, using the arm freely and pain free before this time, its ï¬ne to remove the splint before the three weeks
It is important to give your child painkillers as you normally would to help with the pain as it will still be sore for a short period even after the application of the splint
The splint can be removed for bathing/showering this makes things easier at home and will not cause any harm to the broken bone. Simply replace the splint once the skin is completely dry.
If after three weeks the wrist is a little sore and stiff after being used, the splint can be reapplied for comfort although most of the time the splint should be off as much as possible to get the arm back to normal. As the splint comes off it may be necessary to give some painkillers, like when it was ï¬rst broken.
It is best to avoid sports and rough and tumble play when wearing the splint and for three weeks after removal.
Should you have any worries or concerns following discharge from hospital, please contact the Trauma Clinic on 07970 199841 (9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday)
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This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.