Having a broken or fractured bone is never fun for anyone. However, when a child experiences a bone fracture, it may be necessary for them to also visit a kid’s orthopedic doctor. Fractures in the growth plates of a child’s bones can lead to long-term problems if not treated properly.
What Are Growth Plates?
Growth Plates are responsible for your child’s bone growth. They’re soft tissue located near the ends of long bones in children and adolescents. As your child grows, the growth plates harden into regular bone.
The bones of girls tend to mature faster than boys, so boys are more often prone to growth plate injuries. Damage to the growth plates tend to occur from injuries that would result in a sprain in an adult. While an adult sprain may cause damage to the ligaments connecting bones in a joint, in a child the bones that form the joint are more likely to be damaged.
How Are Growth Plate Injuries Treated?
Because of the importance of treating any damage to the growth plates in the bones of a child, it’s important to speak visit a kid’s orthopedic doctor if they experience any type of injury to their bones, ligaments or tendons in and around joints. Knees, ankles and elbows are all areas of growth plate activity in kids.
Problems with a child’s growth plates aren’t limited those cause by injuries. Obesity, along with some diseases and genetic conditions can also cause developmental problems with a child’s growth plates.
If your child has warmth and swelling around the ends of a bone near the joint, or if they’re unable to move or put weight on a bone and complain of pain near the joint, they should visit a medical clinic immediately.