A fracture in a child can be very different from a fracture in the same location in an adult. If the fracture involves the ends of the bone, the growth plate may be involved.

The growth plate is a very metabolically active region of the bone and represents the location of continued growth of that individual bone. Occasionally there can be a disturbance of the normal growth resulting in a bone shortening, or angulation.

The good news is that although fractures often involve the growth plate, rarely is it a problem. The doctor will tell you if the fracture involves the growth plate and if there is a potential growth plate problem, which depends on the type and site of the injury.