Category Archive: Types of Fractures

open forearm fracture treated surgically

pediatric arm fracture

Here is an interesting case of a 10 year old who fell while riding his bike and came to the emergency department with a fracture of the radius and ulna. In this case, because the fractures were open and the child needed to go to the operating room in order to have the fracture site …

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lateral epicondyle fracture


Here are the x-rays from a four year old child who has a fracture of the lateral epicondyle.  The fracture occurred when the child fell onto her out-stretched hand (a mechanism of injury that we call a FOOSH) while running on a playground.  Here are the films taken in the emergency department….    The child …

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fracture menu

This is a list of the fractures that are described in this website, with quick links to the relevant pages: collar bone upper arm (humerus) elbow foream wrist upper leg bone (femur) knee lower leg bone (tibia) ankle pediatric sports medicine fractures associated with child abuse The most frequently asked questions about fracture care are …

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Broken Wrist

Broken Wrist – Fractures of the wrist and distal radius: Distal radius fractures occur at the end of the bone near the wrist joint. These are among the most common fractures that we see in children. These fractures typically occur after a fall on the outstretched arm. If you watch the kinds of activities that …

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Clavicle Fracture

Clavicle Fracture, AKA Broken Collar Bone: Clavicle Fractures are among the most common broken bones in kids.  These usually happen after a fall on the shoulder or arm, with falls off a bicycle being a particularly common cause of the injury. It is usually easy to tell if it’s broken; there is pain over the collarbone …

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elbow — supracondylar

Fractures ABOVE the elbow in children — Supracondylar Humerus Fractures Elbow fractures are common in active kids.  The elbow is a particularly complicated joint in children because during growth, much of the ‘bone’ is still made of cartilage, which you can’t see on an x-ray.  Because of this, it is easy to miss minor fractures on an …

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Forearm Fracture

Forearm Fracture (radius and ulna): When fractures of the forearm occur in the middle of the forearm bone, it is referred to as the “shaft” of the bone. Forearm Fractures may involve one or both bones.  A common way that these fractures occur is after a fall from the Monkey Bars at school.  With severe fractures, the arm can appear …

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Forearm — FAQ’s

Common questions about forearm fractures… Q. When is the alignment “good enough”?  A. Many parents will notice that after their child has their broken arm manipulated and put in a splint or cast that the bones do not look perfectly lined up.  A common comment from parents is, “ I’m not a doctor, but those bones don’t look …

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xray of the ankle after fixation

Sprains and Fractures of the ankle Ankle Sprains Ankle sprains are a common sports injury. The usual mechanism is inversion, or “turning your ankle over”. This can result in varying degree of tearing to the stabilizing ligaments on the side of your ankle. Treatment decisions are based on the severity of the injury and follow …

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lower leg bone

oblique fracture of the distal tibia in a toddler

Fractures of the bones of the lower leg (the tibia and fibula) Fractures of the tibia usually are the result of a direct blow to the leg.  They can be thought of as either stable (usually the smaller bone of the leg, the fibula, is not broken) or unstable (both the tibia and the fibula are …

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