Growth Plate Fracture: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 3/19/2020

A growth plate fracture is a fracture of the bone located at the area of the bone known as the growth plate, also known as the epiphyseal plate or physis. This is the area of growing tissue near the end of the long bones in children and adolescents. Growth plate fractures occur in children and adolescents.

Signs and symptoms of a growth plate fracture are the same as those of all fractures of bone. They include

  • an inability to move the affected area,
  • warmth or swelling at the end of a bone near the joint,
  • pain,
  • tenderness,
  • visible deformity of a bone or joint, and
  • inability to put pressure on the affected limb.

Cause of growth plate fractures

Trauma, injury, or overuse cause growth plate fractures. Growth plate fractures make up 15% of all childhood fractures.

Other growth plate fracture symptoms and signs

  • An Inability to Move the Affected Area
  • Inability to Put Pressure on the Affected Limb
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Visible Deformity of a Bone or Joint
  • Warmth or Swelling at the End of a Bone Near the Joint


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.