A fracture is a break or crack in the bone that is often caused by extreme force or injury. Fractures are more common in children than adults because of their active lifestyle and pliable bones. Pediatric fractures often involve growth plates, areas of cartilage where the bones can grow.
While treatment for a fracture varies depending on the location and severity of the injury; many fractures can benefit from casting. A cast is a hardened bandage made of fiberglass or plaster that holds the bone in place so it may heal. Depending on the fracture and the age of the patient, the cast may be needed from four to ten weeks. Casts require care to keep the fractured area clean and dry, which helps promote effective healing with less risk of infection or complication.