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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.

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