What are broken bones (fractures) in children?
Also known as: bone fractures, fractures.
Broken bones, or fractures, are very common in children and adolescents, and occur when excessive force is applied to a bone. They can occur in several different ways; some fractures break the bone completely, other bones may just show a crack.
There are different types of fractures which include:
- Greenstick fracture, common in children, where the fracture is on one side of the bone and the other side bends
- Simple fracture, a stable fracture where the bones break into two pieces and stay aligned
- Open or compound fracture, where the broken bone punctures the skin
- Closed fracture where the skin remains intact
- Transverse fracture with a horizontal fracture line
- Oblique fracture with an angled pattern
- Spiral fracture, or a comminuted fracture where the bone shatters into several pieces
Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD
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