Growth Plate Fracture
The symptoms a child has depends on where the fracture is and whether it is mild or severe. Common places for this fracture are the long bones of the fingers, the forearms, and the lower legs. A child may have:
- Swelling and bruising
- A change in how the body part looks
- Problems walking or using the body part
The goal is to make sure the bone heals the right way and can keep growing. The bone may be checked as a child grows to make sure it is growing the right way. Options are:
A cast or splint may be used to keep the bone in place while it heals. It will also provide support and ease pain.
Children with a severe fracture may need surgery. Pins and screws may be used to reconnect bone pieces and hold them in place.
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a (Salter-Harris Fracture)
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