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I have a buckle fracture in my right wrist. What are my treatment options?

I have a buckle fracture in my right wrist. What are my treatment options?

Splint or cast: Treatment for a buckle fracture is dependent on age, activity level and comfort level. Younger children tend to be treated in a cast. Older children can be treated in a splint. A true "buckle" fracture should not require manipulation or surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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My thirteen year old daughter has a "buckle fracture" on her wrist. Should I be concerned about possible weaknesses that would have caused this?

Not likely: Most often a "buckle fracture" is the result of trauma or injury. If there is a reasonable mechanism of injury (for example a fall) then a reasonable outcome is a buckle type of fracture. In the vast majority of cases, if this is appropriately treated, there are no long term sequelae. ...Read more

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My wrist has a buckle fracture and still hurts. How can I treat the pain?

My wrist has a buckle fracture and still hurts. How can I treat the pain?

Buckle fractures: Are not present in adults. Perhaps you are referring to a non-displaced fracture. See a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon to clarify and get follow up. In the short term, any well fitting not too tight store bought wrist splint with support in it can help reduce irritation for many issues. ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

Depends: Most do will with a supportive forearm splint x 3 wks but this is something your pcp must decide after a hands on exam. If they find the buckle fracture atypical or have other concerns they may send you to an orthopedist for his/her input on rx. ...Read more

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I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

Splint may be fine: A splint may be fine, depending upon time from injury and x-ray status. If you are already more than a couple weeks out from injury, a splint is likely fine, as long as it adequately protects your injured bone from further harm during the full 6 weeks of healing usually required for such a fracture. ...Read more

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What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal? Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal? Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

Varies: With the degree of buckling and the proximity to the growth plate. There are two types of buckle fractures, one involved just a single segment of the bony cortex and buckles on one side. Another involves the entire circumference or two sides and buckles in in more than one location. There are differing degrees of risk to the growth plate with each with continued mobility. If there is not obvious compromise of the growth plate, treatment can be a short leg walking cast for 3 weeks. Any complications involving the growth plate may require more aggressive treatment including surgical. ...Read more

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My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast 5" past the elbow. Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast 5" past the elbow. Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

Buckle fracture: Yes. A buckle fracture is a very stable fracture and can be treated either way - a splint or cast. It comes down to 2 issues. Personal preference and if you can trust the child to keep it on at all times but washing. The only downside to splinting is it may take a little more time to completely heal but that is a small trade off compared to no washing with a cast and possible cast complicatons. ...Read more

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Best treatment for a wrist fracture?

Best treatment for a wrist fracture?

Caring for a: Broken wrist involves assessing the nature of, location, degree, angulation, displacement, soft tissue. Injury as well as age, general health, bone quality and many other factors a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon trains for years and years and continues to read research and articles regarding the methods needed, using all thus they decide splint, cast, surgery etc. ...Read more

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I have wrist drop due to bone fracture from last four month now I hve to wait or go for the nerve treatment?

I have wrist drop due to bone fracture from last four month now I hve to wait or go for the nerve treatment?

WRIST DROP TX: Wrist drop can be difficult to treat follow up with your doctor and get a neurology consult. Physical therapy all be needed to rehab and get strength back post op. ...Read more

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Mri results show three torn ligaments in wrist with possible hamate fracture. Injury was 5 weeks ago, what is the treatment?

Mri results show three torn ligaments in wrist with possible hamate fracture. Injury was 5 weeks ago, what is the treatment?

Depends: Must have been a serious injury to cause that much damage. Not all ligament tears need surgery, but if needed ligament repairs should be done early rather than late. Sounds like you should see a hand surgeon to get things checked out. Maybe even a second opinion. Ligament repair surgery of the wrist is quite involved with a minimum of 3-4 month recovery. ...Read more

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How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

Depends: Depends on many factors how bad is the fracture and how good is the vitamin d level and of course all smokers heal slower
all fractures take about 2 years to go on to full healing and remodeling but most should be pretty darn solid by 10-12 weeks
with hands stiffness is a major issue post injury so early gentle range of motion is important. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hand bone fracture?

What is the treatment for hand bone fracture?

A hand orthopedist.: Any significant hand trauma should be seen urgently. Till then clean skin, and apply ice. An x-ray will generally find fracture, but often when first occurs, may miss a hairline fracture, or one in the many bones of the hand. If clinically suspect even after 'normal' x-ray, may need ct scan, mri, bone scan. A fracture may show up with regular x-ray a bit later, when calcium there. C a hand ortho. ...Read more

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I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

Boxers fracture: Treatment depends on the nature of the fracture and the stability. In instances of stable fractures, a minimum of a splint is generally recommended for at least 3 weeks and more commonly 6 weeks. For unstable fractures with shortening, rotation, mal-alignment, displacement, etc, reduction (alignment) and fixation (pins, wires, screws, plates, etc) with casting may be required. ...Read more

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What could have ocurred if the physiotherapy treatment for a fracture is over but now healed hand is delayed.?

What could have ocurred if the physiotherapy treatment for a fracture is over but now healed hand is delayed.?

Hand physio: If it's your dominant hand, you could be unhappy and faced with long term or progressive restricted hand and finger movement, strength, and coordination. ...Read more

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I have fracture in my left wrist 4 years ago and I feel that my bone grow what should I do and please tell is there any medicine to cure or to stop it?

I have fracture in my left wrist 4 years ago and I feel that my bone grow what should I do and please tell is there any medicine to cure or to stop it?

Wrist fx: 15 year old with wrist fx, totally heals within 4-6 months. So any ongoing discomfort is not related to any ongoing bone growing. You need to be seen by an orthopedic dr for an evaluation ...Read more

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I had a fracture in my wrist 1 year before but suddenly it is giving pain after the cure what is the problem?

See below: If you had a fracture that involve the joint surface or any displacement of the bones around the distal radius you may be having some residual sequelae called posttraumatic arthritis. You can try some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication with food if not medically contraindicated. Follow up with your previous orthopedic surgeon for further x-rays and treatment recommendations good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Will I have to get a cast if I have a cortical buckle fracture?

Will I have to get a cast if I have a cortical buckle fracture?

Buckle fracture: Buckle fractures are most commonly seen in the pediatric population, not in a 41 year old. Usually it is best to protect most long bone/extremity fractures, depending on the location, with a cast. ...Read more

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Is it necessary for a buckle fracture of the second phalange index to not only have splint for 4 weeks but 3 additional weeks of no splint & no sports?

Is it necessary for a buckle fracture of the second phalange index to not only have splint for 4 weeks but 3 additional weeks of no splint & no sports?

Conservative: I'm assuming you are asking about a child's finger. The younger the patient, the faster it will heal. 4 weeks is usually sufficient. However, an additional 3 weeks of buddy taping and perhaps sports avoidance is not unreasonable...Although a bit conservative. If this advice was from an orthopedic surgeon, then I would suggest following these recommendations. ...Read more

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I have fractures of the bilateral superior pubic rami rt comminuted & mildly displaced. Fracture rt inferior pubic ramus. Also a buckle fracture of the anterior aspect lf sacrum. Stable or not stable?

I have fractures of the bilateral superior pubic rami rt comminuted & mildly displaced. Fracture rt inferior pubic ramus. Also a buckle fracture of the anterior aspect lf sacrum. Stable or not stable?

Hard to say: Certainly these are serious injuries, but they likely do not need surgical fixation - depends on the displacement. Unfortunately, a patient with these fractures will need to be immobilized for a few weeks in order to facilitate proper healing. ...Read more

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How serious is a buckle fracture of the radius?

How serious is a buckle fracture of the radius?

Not: It is typically not serious and should do well with nonoperative management typically. ...Read more

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Does an old buckle fracture show up in an xray? Serious excruciating pain. Please help

Yes it does, a ---: - buckle is seen in the cortex of the bone, hence the name. Usually in youth, in younger years. They may be very subtle though. If suspected a cast 2 protect it & films in 2 weeks, and then there will be evidence of healing callous present. @ 40 years it's unlikely, you would be more sustable to have a stress fracture. These develop slowly, so if this is an acute injury see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have buckle fracture 2nd finger, near the base. Fingers taped together. Do I need a cast?

I have buckle fracture 2nd finger, near the base. Fingers taped together. Do I need a cast?

Buckle fracture: Is a misnomer for an adult and nondisplaced but slight impacted fracture is more likely. Cast or splint may help if a fracture is unstable or very swollen or paoinful with range of motion. Tapong, may work but leaves the fingers free to absorb force and may be OK in some cases. A lot depends upon the extent of soft tissue injury or swelling and the ealuaton of the frature seen well in 3 views XRAY ...Read more

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My 2-year-old has a buckle fracture, and I'm concerned about the growth plate. The doctor didn't mention it, and I forgot to ask about it.

A buckle fracture: Doesn't involve the growth plate. There is a separate classification (salter-Harris) for fractures that involve the growth plate. ...Read more

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How do you distinguish between a buckle fracture and a bruised bone on an x-ray?

Look for fracture: A buckle fracture is a minor fracture, but it will be visible on an X-ray. A bone bruise is really more of a clinical disgnosis in which the X-ray will be normal but a contusion was felt to have occurred based on mechanism of injury and exam. MRI will show a bone contusion but not an X-ray, but we usually don't get an MRI for them because it does not really change the management. ...Read more

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Child humerus buckle fracture, is follow up really necessary?

Child humerus buckle fracture, is follow up really necessary?

Yes: It is important to follow the healing process through to the end...Especially in children who's growth plates are still open. ...Read more

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My son has a buckle fracture of his left thumb can he do more damage to it if he plays baseball?

My son has a buckle fracture of his left thumb can he do more damage to it if he plays baseball?

Dent fracture: The buckle is basically a dent or irregularity in the bone surface. It is painfull but does not reduce the integraty or strength of the bone significantly. These do not have to maintain a strict allignment because they are not out of allignment. Splinting is for comfort. Other than aggravating the pain, playing should have no negative effect. ...Read more

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I just took my splint cast off after 6 weeks and I had a buckle fracture in the radius, what can I do now so that I can start playing basketball?

Get therapy to imp--: Rove your strength of the muscles and increase the range of motion of the joints, so you could return to playing. ...Read more

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How long is healing process in a buckle fracture 2 foot with no cast. Was given bandage. Its the 5th M? On left foot. She's 10yrs.

4-5 weeks: In a child will usually be adequate in children for resolution of symptoms. Let symptoms be the guide. But healing broken bones is a process which is ongoing for some time after injury. Follow the recommendations of your doctor ...Read more

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My daughter 17 mo has a buckle fracture in her arm both bones and is in a splint. Is is still ok for her to use her arm? Crawl? Put any weight on it?

My daughter 17 mo has a buckle fracture in her arm both bones and is in a splint. Is is still ok for her to use her arm? Crawl? Put any weight on it?

Usually: A buckle fracture is like a dent in a beer can. It is common in kids (bones are tubular). It is stable and the fracture won't worsen or fail to heal if some stress is placed on the bone. The splint is more for comfort than stability. The bone nerves are located on the outside surface and this buckle can hurt as bad as a real break. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a subtle buckle fracture at base of 4th metatarsal. Walks on heel but otherwise fine. No pain, no complaining. Does he need a cast?

Cast Buckle Fracture: Yes, it should be casted up to 3 weeks for optimal healing. Kids are pretty rambunctious and you do not want this to progress to a full fracture. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more