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A 18-year-old female asked:

After the long bones growth plates fuse, could the spinal growth plates be open still? and if not, can the the spine discs increase in thickness?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Yes & no: Growth plates may remain open but the disk spaces will not increase.
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