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I'm 20 and m, my wrist bone size is very small in width. My growth plates are fused. Is there a chance they'll grow wider in the future?

I'm 20 and m, my wrist bone size is very small in width. My growth plates are fused. Is there a chance they'll grow wider in the future?

No: If the growth plates have closed, further growth in length will not occur. The width is probably set now as well.

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Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What is the difference between a spur and a cyst when related to abnormal bone knot/growth on thumb side of wrist? I have smooth knot on my wrist.

What is the difference between a spur and a cyst when related to abnormal bone knot/growth on thumb side of wrist? I have smooth knot on my wrist.

Spur/cyst: A spur is an overgrowth of bone and is often part of aging. A cyst is an area where there is no bone or a deficiency of bone. It is often something you are born with. Cysts can also form along the tendons in your wrist. I hope this helps. All the best.

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I broke my wrist in my growth plate and I had a bone realinment to fix it now I am in a cast is there anything I can do to speed up the healing proces?

I broke my wrist in my growth plate and I had a bone realinment to fix it now I am in a cast is there anything I can do to speed up the healing proces?

Ask ortho: Ask your orthopedic surgeon, but typically it is just time and immobilization, but eating healthy and getting enough vitamin d and calcium are simple things you can do.

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Hello doctor, my son is 14 and had a wrist xray to measure his bone age. He had broken this wrist 3 yrs ago. The nurse told us his growth plate is clo?

Hello doctor, my son is 14 and had a wrist xray to measure his bone age. He had broken this wrist 3 yrs ago. The nurse told us his growth plate is clo?

Silly nurse: The x-ray for bone age is done on the wrist/hand because there are dozens of growth plates in the digits and features of the wrist bones that are known to help predict bone maturity/growth potential. For the nurse to say a growth center is closed gives us no important information. It is also a break in protocol for him/her to comment on something about which which they seem to know so little

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Age 14 son had left wrist bone age xray. Results state his bone age is 17 but do not state that growth plates are closed. Any hope for further growth?

Age 14 son had left wrist bone age xray. Results state his bone age is 17 but do not state that growth plates are closed. Any hope for further growth?

Yes: The major mechanical determinant of height is how long the longest bones in the body, like the femur (thigh) and tibia (leg), become. At the ends of these bones are the growth plates that appear like open spaces on x-rays when growth is ongoing but close when growth is completed. If the growth plate on your son is still open, there is potential for further growth.

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Daughter is 4 foot 8 dr did hand bone xray and 9 y/o said growth plates fused is it possible for her to still grow? Got period at age 8

Daughter is 4 foot 8 dr did hand bone xray and 9 y/o said growth plates fused is it possible for her to still grow? Got period at age 8

She's done: Growing taller requires open growth plates. She entered puberty early. The hormones that drive puberty also tell the growth to finish.

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Bone fragments in wrist, should I be concerned?

Bone fragments in wrist, should I be concerned?

Could cause problem: If a bone fragment is within a joint it could cause a problem. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment.

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Would you know if you broke a bone in your wrist?

Usually, yes - pain!: Broken bones (fractures) in the wrist usually also cause swelling, bruising, and you won't be able to move your wrist through its full range of motion. Sometimes grip strength is also limited. If you are concerned, you should see a doctor for a physical exam and an xray.

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Wrist keeps getting hurt easily. What can I do to strengthen the bone?

Wrist keeps getting hurt easily. What can I do to strengthen the bone?

See details: You cannot strengthen the bone. What you can do is have the wrist evaluated to see if there is a problem.

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What is this painful little bone jutting out of the inside of my wrist?

Hard to say: You can get a ganglion cyst that may form on the wrist and it can be painful. It is benign.

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Is it possible to not feel pain when you break a bone. Broke my wrist and wasn't sure?

Is it possible to not feel pain when you break a bone. Broke my wrist and wasn't sure?

Let me explain: Tolerance for pain is different from person to person, some people scream from minor scratch, some break a bone (minor break) and continue to work.

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Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Wrist: Sounds like tfcc, or triangular fibrocartilage complex tear. Consider initial splint/rest/nsaids, etc. Conservative treatment first, before considering arthroscopic removal, debridement, or repair.

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If wrist bones fused, does the child still grow?

? growth plates?: You don't want your wrist bones to 'fuse' - this would make it impossible to bend or move your wrists. However, if you are talking about the growth plates in the arm bones by your wrists, then when these are fused/closed growth has indeed come to an end.

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How much time does it take for a wrist bone to heal?

How much time does it take for a wrist bone to heal?

Depends on the bone: Average time is 6-8 weeks except scaphoid fracture which can take 6-20 weeks

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What does it mean when your wrist hurts around the bone?

Depends: This could be a variety of things. If there was acute trauma it could be a fracture. If it has increased over time it could be arthritis or tendonitis. See an orthopedist for evaluation.

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What do I need to know about having a bone fusion done on their wrist?

What do I need to know about having a bone fusion done on their wrist?

Multiple: Why, what are the other options and why are they not better than the one you have been offered.

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With osteopenia, how long does it take to lose bone, like wrists to become thinner?

Osteopenia: Osteopenia probably means nothing at your age and you do not need to worry or have any clinical exams or bone density studies. Are you so concerned because family members have been diagnosed as having osteoporosis? If so you should still not have any worries. Bones can become fragile later in life but bone loss does not include thinning other than inside the main part of the wrist or other bone.

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Is it normal to have shock-like feelings after having bone spurs removed from wrist?

Is it normal to have shock-like feelings after having bone spurs removed from wrist?

Shocks: No- this is a sign of nerve irritation or injury. This needs to be looked at by surgeon who removed spur.

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Is it normal to lift something and as ur putting it down feel all the bones etc move in ur wrist?

No that is not normal: This could be arthritis or a pulled tendon. Could be nerve damage is there numbness in your fingers if so off five or just the thumb and the first and second finger?

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