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Health Features: Kids and Broken Bones

Kids and Broken BonesGrowing Pains: Kids and Broken Bones

When a child takes a fall, they may impact their growth plate. What is it? “It’s a [developing] area of the long bone, like the femur or tibia that contributes to the length of your body,” says Dr. Francois Lalonde, director of the hip program at the CHOC Children’s Orthopaedic Institute. Located close to a joint, including the hip, knee or ankle, the growth plate  remains open until age 15 for girls and age 17 for boys.

“Luckily, most growth plate injuries don’t cause any damage to the growth of the bone,” says Dr. Lalonde. “Most kids will get their motion back around the joint on their own.”

Read on to learn more about these injuries and ways to prevent them.

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CHOC Orthopaedic Institute

The CHOC Orthopaedic Institute is the only program of its kind in the region offering a wide range of comprehensive subspecialty programs specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of complex orthopaedic injury, illness and disorders in children and adolescents.

Dr. Francois Lalonde

Dr. Lalonde is the director of the hip program at CHOC Children's. He is one of 10 orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. selected to participate in the American Orthopedic Surgeons Leadership Fellow Program and he is on the board of the California Orthopedic Association.

Is It Broken?

How can you tell if your bone is broken? What should you do if you think it is broken? Here is a handy tip sheet with important information for dealing with a possible broken bone.

Common Playground Injuries

In this edition of American Health Jounal, Dr. Carl Weinert speaks about common playground injuries and gives safety tips to help decrease the possibility of injury. Dr. Weinert goes on to discuss the importance of treating your child at a children's hospital like CHOC Children's because of the specialized care they receive.