Information About Fractures In Children
Types of Growth Plate Fractures
When a broken bone occurs in a child, the growth plate is often injured. The growth plate is the part of the bone that is actively growing. Growth plate injuries can cause long-term problems if not appropriately treated. When a growth plate fracture occurs, it can be one of several types--these types are classified according to the Salter-Harris classification system.
What Is a Growth Plate Injury?
Growth plate injuries are bone injuries seen in children and adolescents that are still growing. When the bone is growing, it does so from the growth plate. This area of the bone is the weakest part of the bone, so instead of the bone breaking, it is often the growth plate that is injured.
Treatment of Growth Plate Injuries
Growth plate injuries are common problems seen in children. Treatment of growth plate injuries depends on the severity of the injury and the age of the child. Proper treatment of a growth plate injury can help ensure normal growth and alignment of the injured limb.
Broken Bones In Children
Fractures are an extremely common injury sustained by children; in fact it is probably the most common reason for a child to visit an orthopedic surgeon.
A greenstick fracture is a common injury in children. Because a child's bone is more pliable, it is possible to bend, and not completely break; this is called a greenstick fracture.
Elbow Fractures in Children
Elbow fractures are common childhood injuries. Children who injure their elbow should be evaluated by a doctor to assess for an elbow fracture. Because of the growth plates around the joint, it is important that elbow fractures are properly treated.
Growth Plate Fractures
Fractures are important in children because they can affect bone growth. Classified by Dr. Salter and Dr. Harris, these are commoonly called Salter fractures.