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Fracture clinic leaflets

Virtual Fracture Clinic (VFC)
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Colchester Hospital


For clinic appointments /admin, call 01206 746 543, Monday to Friday, 8am–4pm
For clinical issues related to the VFC only, call 07717 367 583, Mon to Fri, 9am–5pm


Discharge advice following attendance with a ‘buckle’ fracture of the arm or wrist


Your child has suffered a ‘buckle’ fracture of the arm or wrist.

This is the most common type of fracture in young children. Young bone is still soft and flexible. For this reason, instead of breaking all the way through, the bone has a small crack or kink on one side only.

This fracture heals very well in a simple plaster, which needs to be worn for 3–4 weeks.

In the early stages it is important to give your child appropriate doses of paracetamol and/or ibuprofen to help with the pain (dependant on other health problems and allergy).

After 3–4 weeks the plaster can be removed, and simple day-to-day activities are encouraged.

In the first few weeks after plaster removal the wrist is still likely to be a little sore and stiff. Strenuous and sports activities are only allowed when there is no pain and with normal wrist movements.

If your child is reluctant to use the wrist please contact the Fracture Clinic for advice or Fracture Clinic follow-up.

X-ray showing a buckle fracture


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