Navigating Your Child’s Growing Pains - Greenwich Moms

A Guide To Knowing When To Seek Professional Advice

As your child grows and becomes increasingly active in sports and activities, they are more susceptible to injuries such as fractures, specifically with growth plates. Also known as epiphyseal plates, growth plates are areas made up of cartilage located near the end of a bone, signifying the growth of new bone tissue. Growth plates allow bones to elongate and increase in length as a child grows taller.

Identify Your Child’s Symptoms

Although symptoms may vary based on the type and severity of the fracture, common indicators include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuous pain after the injury
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness around the affected area
  • Difficulty moving
  • Deformity
  • Changes in how your child bends their limbs
  • Inability to put pressure on the limb

When To Visit An Orthopedic Specialist

Although most growth plate injuries heal without any complications, they often require immediate diagnosis and treatment to prevent problems with bone growth. If your child is experiencing persistent pain, a visible deformity or difficulty with normal activities, schedule an appointment with a board-certified specialist at Coastal Orthopedics.

OrthoConnecticut Coastal Orthopedics is Here for You

Dealing with your child’s growth plate injuries can be tough. Whether it’s discomfort or uncertainty, our orthopedic specialists are here to help ease your child’s pain and bring you peace of mind. Schedule an appointment in Norwalk, Westport, or Darien today.

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