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Did your child recently had a fall with an outstretched hand? Let us look at it – Greenstick Fracture Symptoms Checker.

 

The child’s body unique features allow rapid growth and development to achieve adulthood.

Among the existent differences between a typical adult bone and the one from a child is the open physis or growth plate. This particular structure allows the continuous bone growth of the child until bone maturation during puberty and early adulthood. It can be found on many bones, such as the ones in the hand, leg, thigh, forearm, and arm. Typically, its location is within the end of the bones. Some bones that are big enough like the one in the thigh (femur) have two growth plates, while the small ones, like in hand (phalanges), may have just one.

Notably, before final bone formation, the children would have a more flexible bone called calcified cartilage. In light of this, children tend to have more bowing and bending injuries under a force that oppositely would have caused a fracture in an adult bone. Also, a child’s bone has a more robust and solid outer bone layer. Therefore, it is more difficult for this bone to break and change its normal position, which is also known as displacement. This latter term is in association with worse outcomes.

Moreover, all these characteristics are responsible for the children to have particular types of fractures. The fracture patterns include greenstick, torus, and spiral injuries. In all of them, there will not exist a full rupture of the outer layer of the bone, which typically occurs in adults.

A greenstick fracture is a partial thickness fracture of just one side of the bone, and the rest of the bone remains intact. It can occur due to several reasons, although the most common is a fall with the outstretched hand. Importantly, malnutrition or a lack of vitamin-D can predispose children’s bones that suffer trauma to this type of fracture.

Why is this important for me?

Even though it can touch people of nearly all ages, the greenstick fracture mostly affects children under ten. Naturally, little children tend to be outside playing around. And, while the more they play, there is also a likelihood of them having accidents.

Furthermore, a fracture requires an immediate assessment from a doctor. This population is more susceptible to long term complications because the bones are not fully grown yet. Therefore, after a trauma, it is mandatory to checkup if there is not any underlying greenstick fracture.

So, what is this symptoms checker?

This tool will help to assess how likely it is that a child has a fracture. Therefore, taking into account all the information previously discussed, more possibly a greenstick fracture. It is free, and it would only require a few minutes.

 

  • Question of

    Did the child recently had a fall?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does the child participate in a high impact sport? (such as football, baseball, etc.)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the child eating healthy in the last months? (Different and sufficient food groups distributed throughout the week)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the child refusing to move the part of the body which is injured?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the child crying inconsolably?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does the child complain from pain in the injured extremity?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the child overprotective of the injured part of the body?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the child having trouble with moving the injured part of the body even with your help?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does the child complain about pain when someone touches the injured part of the body?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does the skin color of the injured are changed of color?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does the injured part of the body look like it is not in its place? (the bone changes how it looks typically, or it looks different in comparison to its counterpart, for example)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is there any swelling or wound in the affected part of the body?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the child showing any sign of difficulty feeling things, or manifest a tingling in the tip of its finger on hands or toes?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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