Growth Plate Injury

Patient

Q: I have fractured my distal radius and the fracture extends through the growth plate and into the carpal bones. Will this affect the growth of my wrist?:)

Doctor

A:   Restricted growth is one of the potential complications of this type of injury. Appropriate and timely treatment of the fracture usually prevents this complication. Another potential complication of this injury is the development of early arthritis. Again, prompt treatment reduces this possibility.

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