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Nemours

Nemours
Providing pediatric care through
the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children,
Nemours Children's Hospital, and
primary and specialty care practices
in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida


Buckle Fractures

What Is a Buckle Fracture?

A buckle (or torus) fracture is a type of broken bone. One side of a bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the other side of the bone.

Who Gets Buckle Fractures?

This type of fracture usually happens in children under 10 years old. That's because their bones are softer and more flexible than adult bones. So the injury makes the bone bend and buckle, rather than break.

How Do Buckle Fractures Happen?

A buckle fracture usually happens when the bone is compressed (pressed together with force). This can happen, for example, when a child falls onto an outstretched hand.

How Are Buckle Fractures Treated?

Health care providers treat most buckle fractures with a splint.

Reviewed by: Richard W. Kruse, DO and Susan M. Dubowy, PA-C
Date reviewed: June 2018