Fracture: How to treat a buckle fracture of the distal radius

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A buckle fracture occurs when a bone slightly crushes in on itself. Learn how this common childhood fracture is treated with a splint.

Key points

  • A buckle fracture of the distal radius is a partial break of the bone and is the most common fracture in children.
  • Almost all children recover very well within four weeks with the aid of a removable splint for pain control and protection.
  • Your child should avoid all physical activity that could re-injure the wrist for at least three weeks after the splint is removed (typically six to eight weeks from date of injury).
Last updated: March 12th 2024