A forearm fracture is a crack or break in a bone in the forearm, in the radius or the ulna. A chil...
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A forearm fracture is a crack or break in a bone in the forearm, in the radius or the ulna. A child's bones are more flexible than an adult's, so a bone may crack like a green tree branch instead of snapping like a dry stick. Or it may just buckle without a clear break. A fracture at the growth plate near the ends of the bone can affect bone growth and may require special x-rays, or other tests. A broken bone that is crooked will need to be straightened. Surgery may be needed to straighten it, especially if it is broken into many pieces. Your child may wear a splint until the swelling goes down and then a cast for 4 to 8 weeks.