Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Treatment for growth plate fractures depends on the severity of the fracture. The least serious fractures usually require only a cast or a splint. If the fracture crosses the growth plate or goes into the joint and is not well aligned, surgery may be necessary. Growth plates that are surgically realigned may have a better chance of recovering and growing again compared with growth plates that are left in a poor position.

At the time of injury, it is difficult to tell if a growth plate has permanent damage. Your doctor may recommend checking X-rays for several years after the fracture to make sure the growth plate is growing appropriately. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, your child may need follow-up visits until his or her bones have finished growing.

June 29, 2013