What happens if my child fractures the growth plate?

The growth plate (also known as the physis) is the soft part of growing tissue near the ends of the long bones. Because of their soft nature, growth plates are extremely vulnerable to injury. They are weaker than the surrounding tendons and ligaments. When a child fractures a growth plate, treatment is similar to any type of fracture. It will need to be held still, or immobilized. If the fracture crosses the area of bone surrounding the growth plate, it is generally more severe. Treatment will typically require a longer period of casting. More severe growth plate fractures are monitored even after casting is complete to make sure that the bone continues to grow as expected.

Continue Learning about Broken Bones in Children

What is a wrist fracture in children?
Rachel Rohde, MDRachel Rohde, MD
It might sound strange to define "children," but in the world of orthopedics, a "child" is someone w...
More Answers
How should I protect my child’s skin from irritation from a cast?
Michael E. Raemisch, MDMichael E. Raemisch, MD
There are ways to protect your child’s skin from getting irritated: • During the first 24 hours a...
More Answers
How will my child's cast be removed?
Roger Saldana, MDRoger Saldana, MD
Your doctor will use special tools to safely remove your child’s cast. A cast should always be remov...
More Answers
How do I take care of my child when his or her cast is itching?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
If your child has itching from a cast, turn a hair dryer on the cool setting and aim it under the ca...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.