Growth Plate Injury Treatment

Growth Plate Injury Treatment from
Pediatric Orthopedic Doctors in the Quad Cities

ORA Orthopedics provides experienced and compassionate treatment for growth plate injuries throughout the Quad Cities. Since 1963, generations of families in Moline, IL, Davenport, IA, Bettendorf, IA, and surrounding communities have trusted our practice for specialized pediatric orthopedic care, including comprehensive treatment for growth plate fractures.

Growth plates are sections of cartilage on the ends of long bones in children, such as leg and arm bones. The plates are the last part of the bone to harden and are particularly susceptible to injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), approximately 15 to 30 percent of all childhood fractures occur in growth plates.

Growth plate fractures are usually caused by a single accident, such as a fall off a bike, trampoline or jungle gym. Fractures may also develop from repeated strain on the bone during sports or other physical activity. All growing children are susceptible to growth plate injuries, but they tend to occur more often in boys, as girls finish growing at an earlier age. Common symptoms of growth plate fractures include:

  • Continual pain near a joint
  • Swelling and tenderness in the affected area
  • A visible deformity, such as leg that appears crooked
  • Difficulty putting pressure on or moving the affected limb


At ORA Orthopedics, the largest and most advanced orthopedic practice in the Quad Cities, we know that active, growing children require highly specialized orthopedic care. That is why our pediatric doctors are uniquely trained to address musculoskeletal issues that affect children and teenagers. Young patients with growth plate injuries can usually experience a full recovery with non-surgical methods, such as immobilization with a cast. In the event that a child needs surgery to treat an unstable fracture or reposition bone fragments, ORA’s team of experienced surgeons practice the latest minimally invasive techniques to deliver the best possible outcome and ensure a streamlined recovery.

If a growth plate fracture is preventing your child from participating in the activities he or she enjoys, consult with a pediatric doctor at ORA Orthopedics in the Quad Cities. Your ORA doctor will be happy to provide growth plate injury treatment options and address any concerns you or your child may have.

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