Forearm fractures are the most common fractures in children, often occurring from a fall while playing and running. Because children’s bones are still growing, most of these fractures can be treated without surgery by means of splints or casts. Occasionally, they require reduction (repositioning the bone without surgery) to improve fracture alignment. If your health care provider needs to closely monitor the alignment of the fracture, you may be asked to return for x-rays on a weekly basis for the first few weeks following the injury.
Fractures through the midportion of the forearm and extending up near the elbow are treated with long-arm casts and sometimes switched to shorter casts later once there is sufficient healing.
Bones that are fractured near the growth plate have immense potential for remodeling, which means reshaping themselves into a healthy alignment without surgical intervention.
Examples of wrist fracture