Bumps, bruises and broken bones are often part of a normal childhood. These injuries usually occur when a child falls and lands on an arm or leg in an awkward position. Broken bones, also known as fractures, are quite common and frequently happen while kids are playing or participating in sports.
Children’s bones differ from adults because they havegrowth plates (also called physes). These are areas of growing tissue near the end of bones that allow for growth. Because of this, some childhood fractures need specialized care. The Pediatric Orthopedic Center at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital provides specialized care in evaluating and treating various fractures, including those that involve the growth plate. In fact, we see over 35,000 patients annually, many of whom present for acute and chronic fracture management.
Please review the interactive graphic below to learn about some of the fractures we care for on a daily basis.
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