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At Boston Children's Hospital, we have specialized expertise in treating growth plate fractures and other pediatric bone conditions. This important because, since children’s bones are still growing, they are very different from adult bones.
The long bones in a child’s body grow not from the center of the bone outward, but from each end. The bone grows through softer pieces of developing cartilage tissue called growth plates, which help define the length and shape of the bone.
When a child is fully grown, their bones stop growing and the growth plates
harden. As they develop, the growth plates are prone to injury; if they’re injured and not treated properly, it can lead to permanent problems with the bone and with growth.
Growth plate fractures happen the way any fracture can happen, most commonly through sports or playground accidents. They vary from mild fractures to more serious cases. They are usually diagnosed by physical examination and an X-ray.
How a growth plate fracture is treated depends on which bone is fractured, and how seriously. It can range from a splint in some cases to surgery in others.
With quick diagnosis and the right treatment, the vast majority of growth plate injuries in children heal completely without any long-term problems. Occasionally, after injury the growth plate will stop growing, and may require longer follow up or further treatment.
You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Orthopedic Center have treated thousands of children with growth plate fractures every day. We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care, and we benefit from our advanced clinical and scientific research.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”