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Growth plate injuries

What is a growth plate injury?

Growth plates are areas of growing tissue near the end of bones. They are located at each end of long bones in young people. Once a person is done growing, the growth plates fuse and are replaced by solid bone. Injuries to the growth plate include fractures.

What causes a growth plate injury?

  • Fall
  • Direct blow

What are symptoms of a growth plate injury?

  • Visible deformity
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Increased pain at site of injury