Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Orthopedic Teaching

Pediatrics Case 6 Diagnosis

Greenstick Fracture


Diagnosis

Greenstick fractures are diagnosed by plain radiographs. When only one forearm bone is fractured, it is essential to evaluate the integrity of the proximal and distal radioulnar joints. With isolated ulnar shaft greenstick fractures, evaluate for Monteggia fracture by checking for radial head tenderness which may indicate that the radial head has spontaneously reduced.