Torus (buckle) fractures distal forearm

Cork Emergency Departments

Print Version


Your child has a “Torus” buckle fracture, which is a crinkling or buckling of the bone/s of the forearm This is the most common type of fracture in young children. Young bone is very flexible and buckles instead of breaking.

This is a minor injury that heals very well and should not cause any long term problem.

The wrist support /splint will provide comfort and protection to the injured limb and will help to heal the fracture

The splint must be worn for three weeks and should only be removed for washing and showering.

Please give your child appropriate doses of paracetamol or ibuprofen to help with the pain as it will still be sore for a short period even after the splint has been applied.

If your child removes the splint, just re-apply, it reinforcing the need to wear it.

Your child should avoid contact sports while wearing the splint and for a further 3 weeks after this (total 6 weeks).

We do not need to see your child again, unless s/he still has problem e.g. they are still complaining of pain 2 weeks after removing the splint

If you do have concerns, please bring your child back to the Emergency Department, or Local injuries Unit ideally on a weekday, Monday to Friday, between 08.30- 10.30 a.m.


Doctor’s name from this consultation:

If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:

Mercy Injury Unit, Gurranabraher (021)4926900

LIU Mallow(022)58506

LIU Bantry(027)52900

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 30/11/2016. Last review Dr ÍOS 04/30/2024.

Print Version