Greenstick or Paediatric Buckle Fractures

Wrist and Forearm


Signs and symptoms will vary, depending on the severity of the greenstick fracture. Mild fractures might be mistaken for sprains or bruises. More-severe greenstick fractures may cause an obvious deformity, accompanied by significant pain and swelling.

How it occurs

Wrist fractures, breaks or greenstick injuries in children are common and can be pretty traumatic. They generally result from sustaining a fall on an outstretched hand, also known as ‘FOOSH’. Common causes of injuries include falling off gym equipment, skateboards and bicycles.. just to name a few.


At Action Rehab we would treat Greenstick or paediatric buckle fractures with our custom made thermoplastic waterproof orthosis. This custom made ‘cast’ traditionally stays on the patient for 6 weeks till we re-xray and take the next step in treatment.

Children heal much faster than adults, and generally do not require as much splinting/immobilization time- we will advise on this during your appointment. We will tailor the splinting time/rehab to the specific injury based on our assessment and reviewing imaging.

We use splints that are waterproof, so kids can still swim and shower with their cast on, making life much easier!

Meet Lachlan

Lead Therapist

Lachlan graduated from La Trobe University, where he undertook 4 years of study at the Bundoora campus to be accredited with his Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice. Lachlan has always had a strong passion for helping those with injuries or disabilities, more specifically those that involve the upper limb, inclusive of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.

Book a senior therapist consultation

Ben, our senior therapist, will offer advice on any management strategies you may need. Please note, if you request ongoing care, you will only have to pay our current rates. We do not charge Worksafe and TAC clients for any consultations.

Call 1300 76227to book an appointment or Click Here to book.

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