Growth Plate Fracture
- Type 1—fracture passes straight through the growth plate and separates the end of the bone from the shaft of the bone.
- Type 2—fracture passes through the growth plate and the shaft of the bone.
- Type 3—fracture passes through the growth plate and breaks off a piece of the bone.
- Type 4—fracture passes through the shaft, the growth plate, and the end of the bone.
- Type 5—compression (crushing) fracture of the growth plate.
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- Competitive sports such as basketball, football, or volleyball
- Recreational activities liking skiing or skateboarding
- Swelling and bruising (may be mistaken for a sprain)
- Visible deformity
- Persistent or severe pain in the area
- Difficulty walking or using the affected area
- Difficulty returning to sport
- CT scan
- Wear proper padding and safety equipment when participating in sports or activities.
- Learn the proper technique for exercise and sporting activities.
- Take a break from sports or exercise when feeling tired.
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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Fractures. Boston Children’s Hospital website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site927/mainpageS927P1.html. Accessed April 23, 2013.
Salter-Harris I Fracture of Distal Fibula. Children’s Hospital of Chicago website. Available at: https://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/care-services/conditions-treatments/Pages/index.aspx#secS. Accessed May 22, 2013.
When your child needs a cast. Nemours’ KidsHealth.org website. Updated October 2012. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/med%5Fprocedures/casts.html. Accessed April 23, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/28/2013 -
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