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

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Jenny Frances
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Very similar

A buckle fracture and a bruised bone are very similar to each other - One could say they are two ways of describing an injury to bone that is not associated with much displacement.
Treatment should be immobilization on until healed.

In brief: Very similar

A buckle fracture and a bruised bone are very similar to each other - One could say they are two ways of describing an injury to bone that is not associated with much displacement.
Treatment should be immobilization on until healed.
Dr. Jenny Frances
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