During the physical exam, your doctor will inspect the affected area for tenderness, swelling, deformity or an open wound. The child will be asked to gently move that limb's fingers or toes.
X-rays can reveal most greenstick fractures. Some greenstick fractures are difficult to see because a small bend in the bone may not show up as well on X-rays.
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