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Do growth plate injuries always fully heal?

| Jan 31, 2020 | Child Injury |

You likely have to go through a lot of scary experiences as a parent. A child breaking a bone is one of these. Injuring incidents like this happen while they’re playing sports and on the playground. These can be caused by bullying and abuse too. Growth plate fractures are quite serious. While many of them heal with minimal medical intervention, some kids are left with lasting impairments from growth plate injuries.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s unique about children’s bodies that allow their bones to continue growing while adult ones stop doing so, it has to do with growth plates. This is the flexible, rubbery cartilage that can be found at the end of kids’ bones. Children’s growth plates remain malleable up through puberty then form into more solid bone right around the time adulthood sets in.

Growth plate fractures are frequently caused by twisting or falling. While these injuries often occur due to a child engaging in repetitive movements or contact sports, these fractures don’t always result from a child engaging in extracurricular activities such as these.

Most children who suffer growth plate fractures require a visit to the emergency room to have their bones reset into place. Some injuries are so severe that they require surgical intervention though. It’s in instances like these that surgeons insert screws and rods into your child’s body to re-stabilize their bones.

Growth plate fractures generally heal without children experiencing any lingering effects from their injuries. Some children do end up with one limb shorter than another or another deformity though. This often happens because the limb on the injured side of the body continues to grow whereas the other is stunted from doing so. This may leave your child with a limp or another inability to get around as effectively as they might have before.

Many children who suffer injuries do so due to their reckless actions. There are instances in which kids are hurt because they aren’t adequately monitored by their caregivers or the premises that they’re visiting aren’t safe.

If your son or daughter has suffered a broken bone or has otherwise been hurt in one of these instances, then you’ll want to reach out to an attorney. Your Waco lawyer can hold those individuals who let you and your son or daughter down accountable for their actions and help recover compensation for you in the process.