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Doctor insights on: Can A Sgnificant Head Injury Stunt Your Growth

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Can a head injury stop growth in a child?

Possible: If the pituitary gland is damaged in a head injury production of growth hormone as well as other hormones could not only stop or slow growth ...Read more

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Can a neck injury stunt the growth of a fourteen year old?

Can a neck injury stunt the growth of a fourteen year old?

No: Teen growth occurs from the long bones rather than the spine. The growth plates in the legs close on average starting at age 15 and ending at age 20. Unless the neck injury involves more than the bones in the neck, it should have no effect on when the other growth plates close. (certain medications used to treat injuries, may cause premature closure, though.). ...Read more

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Can a hard hit on the head stunt your growth?

No: While a severe brain injury in youth can affect the hormones responsible for a variety of functions, including growth, this would be less common with a hard blow to the head, in the abscence of a more severe trauma. ...Read more

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Could mild tenderness and/or inflammation on or near growth plates stunt growth if it does not lead to a fracture?

Could mild tenderness and/or inflammation on or near growth plates stunt growth if it does not lead to a fracture?

Infection or trauma: Infection not treated properly, fracture through middle of growth plate, and surgery on growth plate can affect or distort its growth.Bone not growing particularly in leg can cause leg length discrepancy or asymmetric growth and angulation of bone. ...Read more

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Could mild tenderness and/or minor inflammation on or near growth plate lead to stunted growth if a fracture never occurs?

Could mild tenderness and/or minor inflammation on or near growth plate lead to stunted growth if a fracture never occurs?

Growth plate damage: Impaired growth of a bone usually occurs only from a fracture or crush type injury to the growth plate. Any suspected injury of a growth plate should be monitored by a physician. ...Read more

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Does the brain swell after a concussion? If it does, can smaller accelerations and decelerations cauee further injury?

Does the brain swell after a concussion? If it does, can smaller accelerations and decelerations cauee further injury?

First ALS, now this: A couple of yr ago that furshlugginer Ice Bucket Challenge set off an epidemic of ALS hysteria among healthy young people. Now it's concussion anxiety. What gives? No, concussion is not associated with brain edema. Find something else to be frightened of, like who may win the 2016 presidential election. Now THAT'S scary. ...Read more

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Can a major atv wreck(bleeding in brain, concussion, coma, etc.) stunt your growth?

Can a major atv wreck(bleeding in brain, concussion, coma, etc.) stunt your growth?

Theoretically : Theoretically a severe brain injury affecting the hypothalamus and hormonal regulation could have an effect on growth and other hormone mediated processes. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety stunt your growth as a teenager?

Can stress and anxiety stunt your growth as a teenager?

Growth: Possibly but not likely. Your pediatrician should have "growth curves" for you, and you and your family should get them and see how your growth rate is going. ...Read more

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Could weight lifting stunt growth or damage my body?

Could weight lifting stunt growth or damage my body?

Possibly: Weight lifting or any other type of exercise can harm if not done with the proper technique, stunting of growth only occurs during our growing years, and supervised proper lifting has not shown to stunt growth ...Read more

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How soon can you tell a child has damaged a growth plate in his leg, after an injury?

How soon can you tell a child has damaged a growth plate in his leg, after an injury?

Depends: The injury maybe evident immediately on an x-ray. Sometimes, a slater 1 injury, does not show on an x-ray. This type of growth plate injury is based on clinical history, the mechanism of injury, and the exam. Also, a repeat x-ray, may show evidence of healing on a fracture that was not seen on the initial x-ray. ...Read more

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Is it true stimulation of growth hormone, causing tingling sensation from a massage can cause height growth in adults long after bones should be fused

Is it true stimulation of growth hormone, causing tingling sensation from a massage can cause height growth in adults long after bones should be fused

Would be lovely: Alas, massage does not make people taller whether or not their bony epiphyses have fused. Were I a massage therapist, I would try to spread the fiction that it could. ...Read more

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Could inflammation that occurs on the growth plate (ie from Osgood-Schlatter disease) or near it stunt growth if it does not lead to a fracture.

Could inflammation that occurs on the growth plate 
(ie from Osgood-Schlatter disease) or near it stunt growth if it does not lead to a fracture.

Osgood-Schatter: This is a disorder common in rapidly growing teens, that although painful during this period, has no long term effects on growth. ...Read more

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How will the growth spurt affect a child's spinal cord injury?

How will the growth spurt affect a child's spinal cord injury?

See below: This depends on the extent of the original spinal cord injury. There will probably be minimal effect. However, if any symptoms occur be sure to quickly have them evaluated. ...Read more

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How can a dr tell when a minor growth plate injury to the wrist is healed?

How can a dr tell when a minor growth plate injury to the wrist is healed?

Examination and Xray: On the examination the lack of tenderness over the fracture and evidence of healing on the xray is used to determine fracture healing. ...Read more

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Does hitting a soccer ball with your head cause brain damage?

Does hitting a soccer ball with your head cause brain damage?

Yes: There is medical evidence that over years, repeated mini-concussions from heading soccer balls can cause brain damage. ...Read more

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Could overuse/bruising of joints stunt growth? For example, could playing sports such as soccer stunt growth.

Could overuse/bruising of joints stunt growth? For example, could playing sports such as soccer stunt growth.

Pulling a stunt.: If during the course of overusing or bruising a joint, the adjacent growth plate get injured, you could effect the bone growth in that specific location. ...Read more

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Head Trauma (Definition)

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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

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