We want our children to be active—ride their bikes, practice gymnastics, and do all of the activities they love. But when they hurt themselves, as children do, it’s important to make sure the injury hasn’t affected a growth plate, one of the layers at each end of a child’s long bones where the tissue is still growing. If a growth plate injury doesn’t heal properly, it could result in a crooked arm, a leg that is shorter than the other, or another problem that could affect mobility throughout their life.
"Recognizing a growth plate injury early and treating it appropriately is the best way to minimize damage to the growing bone," says Adrienne Socci, MD, a Yale Medicine orthopedist specializing in pediatrics and trauma surgery. “Pediatric orthopedists are familiar with injuries at every stage of growth and are best equipped to manage growth plate injuries.”