Broken Bones: A Note About Children
A child’s bones heal the same way as an adult’s bones. But since a child’s bones are still growing, there are a few special concerns.
Growth plates are fragile groups of cells at the ends of a child’s long bones (such as the arms and legs). Growth plates ensure the bones keep growing until they reach full length. If a growth plate is damaged in a fracture, the bone may not grow as it should. Fractures involving growth plates may need more follow-up visits to make sure the bones are growing correctly.
Remodeling happens more quickly in children than in adults. This means a child’s broken bone may not need to be lined up perfectly. As it heals, the bone straightens through remodeling. The younger a child is, the more likely the bones will grow straight with time.
April 26, 2018
Principles of fracture remodeling in children.
Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH,Images Reviewed by Staywell medical art team,Joseph, Thomas N., MD,Sather, Rita, RN