A 7-year-old female asked:
20 month F w/ obvious antiror tibial greenstick fracture Tx w/ short cast only @ 1wk still in significant pain & refusing to attempt to stand on good leg. Ortho says this is normal i'm not so sure.
1 doctor answer
Dr. Carol Hulett answered
42 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Greenstick fx: It can be normal, kids are sometimes smarter than us adults. If it hurts they won't walk. Even standing can cause throbbing. A long leg cast might get the child walking faster but not absolutely required. If swelling not severe and child is comfortable when resting I would suggest being patient a few more days. At 10 days if still in significant pain a recheck would be in order.
Answered on May 1, 2015
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