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Buckle Fracture

Expert hand therapy for relief from buckle fracture.

Buckle Fracture

Understanding Buckle Fracture

Buckle fractures are a common type of bone injury, particularly in children. This injury typically affects the long bones of the arm, such as the radius and ulna, and occurs when one side of the bone bends, raising a small buckle, without breaking the other side. This unique fracture pattern is due to the softer, more flexible bones of children. 

What is a Buckle Fracture?

A buckle fracture occurs when a bone compresses on itself, creating a bulge or raised area on one side without breaking through the other side. This type of fracture is most commonly seen in children because their bones are still growing and are more flexible than adult bones. Buckle fractures usually result from a fall onto an outstretched hand, causing the bone to compress and buckle under the pressure.

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We offer a wide range of hand therapy services to help you overcome any hand, wrist or arm injury. Treatment could include rehabilitation exercises to build strength and support, or a custom made splint or cast to help mend your condition.

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We offer a wide range of hand therapy services to help you overcome any hand, wrist or arm injury. Treatment could include rehabilitation exercises to build strength and support, or a custom made splint or cast to help mend your condition.

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Looking after your hands is our highest priority. Our Certified Hand Therapist will tailor a treatment plan to your needs and lifestyle. We may need to refer you onto surgical advice or for x-rays or other scans should we need to have a clearer picture of your situation.

Symptoms of a Buckle Fracture

The symptoms of a buckle fracture can vary, but common indicators include:

  • Pain when moving the affected arm or wrist
  • Swelling around the injured site
  • Bruising 
  • Difficulty moving the affected arm or wrist

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing a buckle fracture typically involves a physical examination and an X-ray to confirm the nature and extent of the injury. Buckle fractures are usually treated in a cast or splint to allow the broken bone to heal.

Immobilisation Techniques
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Casting or Splinting

The most common method is to immobilise the fracture with a cast or splint, which helps to protect the bone and keep it in the correct position during healing.
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Duration

Immobilisation usually lasts for about three to four weeks. The exact duration varies depending on the severity of the fracture and the age of the child.

The Role of Hand Therapy in Recovery

While immobilisation is crucial for healing, hand therapy plays an equally important role in ensuring that the patient regains full function and strength in the affected hand. Here are ways a Hand Therapist can help:

Casting and splinting

Hand Therapists are skilled at applying casts or making splints to immobilise the fracture. The cast can be waterproof or non-waterproof, depending on if there is an open wound. Splints are made out of thermoplastic materials, which can get wet in the shower. 

Preventing Stiffness and Maintaining Mobility

After a period of immobilisation, stiffness in the hand and wrist is common. Hand therapy includes exercises and techniques designed to maintain and improve the range of motion. 

Buckle fractures are common injuries, particularly in children, due to their more flexible bones. If your child needs hand physiotherapy treatment for a buckle fracture, get in touch with one of our Sydney hand therapy clinics today. 

The Hand Physio Clinic 

The Hand Physio Clinic 

The Hand Physio Clinic 

The Hand Physio Clinic 

The Hand Physio Clinic 

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