Treatments and drugsBy 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. Injuries in which a part of the bone end has separated from the bone shaft typically will need surgical repair.
If your child has had a growth plate fracture, your doctor may want to compare the growth of the injured limb with that of its opposite limb every three to six months for at least two years. Depending on the severity of the fracture, your child may need follow-up visits until his or her bones have finished growing.
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