Greenstick Fracture - Child
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- Your child has experienced a greenstick fracture
- This is when the bone breaks through just one side instead of both - this is common in children
What should I expect?
- Your child's injury will be placed in a plaster cast in the Emergency Department (ED)
- Your child may be very sore - this is normal and should be helped by the cast
- The cast will stay on for 4-6 weeks, until the fracture has healed
- You will also be given a sling to help your child with the weight of the cast
What should I do?
- Ensure your child is wearing their sling at all times - the cast can be quite heavy for them and the sling helps protect the break
- It may be more comfortable for your child to sleep or sit propped up on pillows
- If your child seems to be in pain, they can be given simple pain relief (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen)
- Keep the cast dry at all times by covering it with a plastic bag and secure it with tape before showering - a wet cast will get soggy and fall apart
What should I not do?
- Your child should avoid contact sports and activities (e.g. rugby, trampoline, play fighting) while in the cast
Will I be followed up?
- Yes, a follow-up appointment in the Orthopaedic Clinic will be requested when you leave the Emergency Department (ED) and you will be contacted about a date and time. This should be within the first week.
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If your child's injury is not settling or you have other concerns, you should first see your GP - take your ACC form/number with you
- Please seek medical attention if you experience the following
- Increasing pain in the arm or hand
- Numbness or tingling in the arm or hand
- Your fingers go cold or turn blue white, compared with the other hand