Kids & Broken Bones
Having broken bones as a child is very common, and rarely a cause of anything more traumatic than inconvenience.
There are a number of reasons for children's tendency towards fractures. Where adults tend to suffer sprains and strains, children suffer fractures. Adult bones are very strong compared to tendons, muscles and ligaments, while children's immature bones are soft, weaker than the surrounding tissue and therefore more likely to break under pressure. Beyond this, children's size and their tendency to run and take risks makes them more likely to get injured.
There are two important types of fractures that occur in children only, these include:
- Greenstick fractures - where a soft immature buckles under strain rather than breaking properly
- Growth plate fractures - when a break occurs near the ends of the bone that lengthen out as the child grows
While fractures are less than ideal, they don't have to be a traumatic experience. Children recover quickly and may even enjoy the novelty of having a cast to decorate.