Stress injury of the distal radial growth plate

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1988 Nov;70(5):834-6. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.70B5.3192589.


We report 21 cases of stress injury of the distal radial growth plate-occurring in gymnasts before skeletal maturity. The injury appears to be caused by inability of the growth plate to withstand rotational and compressive forces. Our observations have confirmed that the skeletal age of gymnasts is retarded, which increases the length of time during which the epiphysis is at risk of damage.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Child
  • Female
  • Growth Plate / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Joint Loose Bodies / etiology
  • Joint Loose Bodies / surgery
  • Male
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Radiography
  • Radius*
  • Salter-Harris Fractures*
  • Stress, Mechanical*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal