We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Growth plate injuries

Our leading orthopaedic surgeons can diagnose, treat and monitor your child's growth plate injuries

About

A child's growth plates are located near the ends of the bones. These areas of cartilage are softer and less mature than the rest of the bone, and are more easily broken.

Growth plates define the shape and length of the bone, so it's important that fractures are fixed immediately. If left untreated, it could result in a crooked or unequal limb.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of growth plate injuries icon plus

    Most growth plate fractures happen in the fingers, forearms and legs and are usually caused by a fall or trauma. Higher risk activities such as gymnastics or sledding are also causes. Boys are more affected than girls as their bones mature later. Symptoms of growth plate fractures are: - A visibly crooked or deformed limb - Your child will be unable to put pressure on the limb - The joint area, near the end of the bone, will be swollen, sore and hot There are five different kinds of fracture, including compression injuries.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    A child should be seen as soon as possible after their injury. Their bones heal very quickly and any delay could result in deformity. Your consultant will examine your child, discuss their symptoms and help to make a diagnosis. They are likely to order an X-ray to confirm a growth plate fracture and to classify the type of fracture it is. This will help them choose the best course of treatment for your child. Other imaging tests such has MRI and CT scans will help them see damage to soft tissues and any other injuries in the area.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help determine the best approach for you. If the fracture is clean, they may suggest a simple cast. This keeps the limb steady to give it a chance to heal on its own. If the bone has splintered, surgery may be the best option. Here, bone fragments are put back in their original place (reduction) and fixed internally with metal implants. A metal brace may also be attached to the outside of the bone to keep it stable. This will be removed when healed. Your child will have regular check-ups with the consultant over the following year. This is to ensure the bone is growing without deformity.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top