Torus Fracture

Torus fractures are also called buckle fractures. A torus fracture occurs when one side of a bone gets pushed in, and the other side of the bone bends out. A torus fracture does not cause a complete break in the bone. Torus fractures are most common in children because their bones are softer than adult bones. A torus fracture can occur in any long bone, but it most commonly occurs in the forearm or wrist.

CAUSES

A torus fracture can occur when too much force is applied to a bone. This can happen during a fall or other injury.

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain or swelling in the injured area.

  • Difficulty moving or using the injured body part.

  • Warmth, bruising, or redness in the injured area.

DIAGNOSIS

The caregiver will perform a physical exam. X-rays may be taken to look at the position of the bones.

TREATMENT

Treatment involves wearing a cast or splint for 4 to 6 weeks. This protects the bones and keeps them in place while they heal.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Keep the injured area elevated above the level of the heart. This helps decrease swelling and pain.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. Do this for 2 to 3 days.

  • If a plaster or fiberglass cast is given:

  • Rest the cast on a pillow for the first 24 hours until it is fully hardened.

  • Do not try to scratch the skin under the cast with sharp objects.

  • Check the skin around the cast every day. You may put lotion on any red or sore areas.

  • Keep the cast dry and clean.

  • If a plaster splint is given:

  • Wear the splint as directed.

  • You may loosen the elastic around the splint if the fingers become numb, tingle, or turn cold or blue.

  • Do not put pressure on any part of the cast or splint. It may break.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain or discomfort as directed by the caregiver.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments as directed by the caregiver.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is increasing pain that is not controlled with medicine.

  • The injured area becomes cold, numb, or pale.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.