There are 8 bones in the wrist and 2 - the radius and ulna--in the lower arm. If your child has a ...
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There are 8 bones in the wrist and 2 - the radius and ulna--in the lower arm. If your child has a wrist fracture, it means there is a crack or break in one of the bones of the wrist or in the ends of the forearm bones. The most common cause is a fall or a direct blow to the wrist. If the fracture is at the growth plate near the end of the bone, bone growth can be affected and may require special X-rays or other tests. Young bones are more flexible than an adult's, so a child's bone may crack or just buckle without a clear break instead of snapping like a dry stick. Your child may wear a splint until swelling is reduced, and a cast for 4 to 8 weeks. Surgery may be required to straighten a broken bone that is crooked.