Fractures: General Information

Common Questions and Concerns


What is a Fracture?

The simple definition of a fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. Fractures and breaks are the same thing!! Fractures can be classified in many different ways depending on the type and position of the break in the bone. Most fractures in children can be treated with closed reduction and casting.














What are the Symptoms of a Fracture?


The following are the most common symptoms of a fracture. It is important to remember, however, that every child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms of a fracture may include:

What causes a fracture?

Fractures occur when there is more force applied to the bone than the bone can absorb. Bones are weakest when they are twisted. Common causes of fractures include falls and trauma. Fractures in children are different than adult fractures in many important ways. First, children have growth plates (also called physes) located at the ends of every long bone. The physes are responsible for the longitudinal growth of a bone. Fractures can pass through the growth plate which adds a separate set of concerns.


















If any of these symptoms occur, please contact our office at (617) 726-8523 if during regular business hours (8am-4:30 pm) or call the hospital at (617) 726-2000 and ask for the orthopaedic resident on call after hours and on the weekend. You could also bring your child to the emergency department for evaluation if urgent issues arise.

Developed by:

Erin S. Hart, RN, CPNP

Maurice B. Albright, M.D.

Brian E. Grottkau, M.D.