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Growth Plate Injuries vs Sprains
Growth plates are structures on the ends of a child’s bones that are designed to allow bones to grow to adult size. The plates typically close naturally by early adolescence. If an injury occurs and is not treated before the growth plate closes, the bone’s growth may become compromised, leading to deformities. Children commonly suffer growth plate injuries and sprains from falls, sports, and other accidents. Because the symptoms of both injuries are similar and X-rays often fail to reveal growth plate fractures, it is important to rule out growth plate injuries during a medical consultation. Growth plate injuries are treated with immobilization and/or protection with a cast and /or surgery in the case of severe misalignment of the plate. Growth plate injuries typically heal within four to six weeks.