Fractures are common in children, partly due to children’s very active behavior. Fractures are different in children compared to adults because of the presence of growth plates, which consist of cartilage cells that eventually transform into solid bone as the child grows.
Children with growth-plate fractures may complain of pain and localized tenderness over the growth plate. There may or may not be any swelling or an obvious deformity. Clinical examination and X-rays are required for diagnosis of a growth-plate fracture.
Fractures may take several weeks to months to heal completely. Your doctor may recommend that children limit their activities, even after the removal of the cast or brace, until the bone becomes solid enough to bear the stress.