Growth plate fractures are caused by trauma to the bone.
These fractures only happen in growing children.
Things that may increase the chance of this fracture are:
Playing sports like basketball, football, or volleyball
Activities like skiing or skateboarding
Not wearing a seatbelt
The symptoms a child has depends on where the fracture is and whether it is mild or severe. Common places for this fracture are the long bones of the fingers, the forearms, and the lower legs. A child may have:
Swelling and bruising
A change in how the body part looks
Problems walking or using the body part
The doctor will ask about the child's symptoms and health history. The doctor will also ask how the injury happened. A physical exam will be done.
Growth Plate Fractures. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/growth-plate-fractures. Updated October 2014. Accessed September 19, 2019.
When your child needs a cast. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/med_procedures/casts.html. Updated May 2018. Accessed September 19, 2019.
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