In a growing child, the long bones have areas called the growth plates. These sit between the metaphysic, the area where the bone gets wider at its end, and the epiphysis, the rounded end of the bone. The growth plates are made up of cartilage - a rubbery, flexible material - and are susceptible to breaks or fractures before they close during a child’s teen years. Without treatment, these injuries can cause the bone involved to end up shorter or abnormally shaped.
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