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.