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Growth On Spine
Hi I'm boy and I'm goalkeeper my height is 181 and 20 I heard from a doctor that growth plates Vertebral spine open till 23 years Can I get growth 2?
Growth last year?: If there was growth over the past 12 months, probably will grow some more this year. Otherwise, growth is done. Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a person can do to affect height. ...Read more
Perhaps: The basic science shows effectiveness, but its use in people has produced conflicting results. It may be useful if you are at risk for not healing a fusion. Some risk factors include tobacco use, prior failed attempts at fusion in the same area of your back, multiple level fusion. Talk to your doctor. Check to see if your insurance covers it. ...Read more
19 yo male im 5'6. Dad=5'11, mom=5'2. Dad inseam=32, my inseam=32. I've never had the pubertal growth spurt. Could my spine still have a growth spurt?
No: The majority of your "growth" is thru your legs. Your growth plates here are more than likely closed which typically occurs by age 18. Your shoulders may still get broader as your collarbone growth plates are some of the last to fuse. Unfortunately you may be on the shorter side. There are worse things in life my friend. ...Read more
I'm a 19 year old male, 5'6" with a short spine. Dad is 5'11" mom is 5'2" I have a inseam of 33", same as dad, who is normal. Never had the pubertal growth spurt. Can I have a growth spurt in my spine?
Very unlikely but...:
I am sorry to tell you that most men stop growing around age 18- but occasionally some will grow until age 21 or so. Taking measures to increase your production of growth hormone might help, but if your growth plates have closed (like most 19 yo's) then you've reached your max.
See "http://www. Thebodywellusa. Com/blog/dr-mike-carraghers-top-10-ways-to-increase-your-human-growth-hormone-hgh-levels". ...Read more
When does the spine growth stop on males and females? Some say 20, some 25. Which is the correct answer?
It typically varies: From patient to patient. Females approximately at age 14 years (give or take a year or two); in males approximately age 16 years (give or take a year or two).Guys typically hit their growth spurt later than females. ...Read more
Is there any truth in people who have open growth plates don't have spine compression that makes them shorter throughout the day?
Gravity.: Everyone gets a bit shorter at the end of the standing day related to the compressive effects of gravity. The effect is small and in someone who is actively growing that shrinking might be non detectable. ...Read more
Is it possible for the spine to catch up growing with long bones? E.G. After the long bone growth plates are through, the spine grows to proportion?
How much growth would you expect the fused portion of my spine to have grown had it been left unfused?
Iam 21. My growth plates r closed iguess. But my spine can still grow right? And add few inches to my height?
Not likely...: By 21 years of age most human beings have reached their adult height. It is not likely your spine is going to take off on it's own and grow "a few inches" while the rest of your bones stay the same! Not to worry. Physical height won't hold you back unless you're dead set on being a pro basketball player! ...Read more
I'm 21. My growth plates r closed iguess. But my spine can still grow right? If I do stretching exercises?
Can spine still grow @ 38 causing nearly 3 inch permanent height increase? Can space growth in vertebrae, chiropractor or stretching cause it?
If the discs (the cartilages) between the veterbrae are heavily HYDRATED there can be an increase in height after such hydration. Chiropractic manipulation can adjust the position of the veterbrae perhaps resulting in some small increase in height however these changes are usually TEMPORARY!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
My 17 month old likes to sleep with her head on our fluffy pillow? Worried about it affecting her spine or growth... should I stop it or is it ok?
Ok: Sleeping on a fluffy pillow should in no way affect the growth of her spine. ...Read more
Variable: Females are usually approximately 2-3 years more advanced than males. Most male growth plates fuse between 16-18 years. Most females between 13-15 years. These times are quite variable. There are outliers. Usually when growth plates fuse growth stops. Secondary ring apophyses appear in spine at puberty and fuse about 25 years of age. ...Read more
I'm 5'6 with a 33inch leg inseam, 38inch legs an my spine ~18in long. Will my torso catch up growth to propotion? How can I help the process if so?
Several scenarios: You may still grow over a year or two more but the most growth is behind you. Have you been checked for any spinal deformity which can give you a shorter appearing stature like congenital block vertebra or even a scoliosis which could be a double curve which could account for this apparent disproportion. ...Read more
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?
Yes & no: Growth plates may remain open but the disk spaces will not increase. ...Read more
My son has a nf2 tumors in the spine. 1 of intramedullary c2. Please advice about alternative treatments to keep tumor growth.?
Beware: Junior needs to be treated at a major cancer center. Ask about gamma knife treatment. You will also be approached by cancer quacks offering "alternative medicines" and talking about conspiracies to suppress a cure. They will take your money and when their treatments fail, they will say it is because you ate GMO food or something. I hope it's possible to help your son. Best wishes. ...Read more
If all growth plates in long bones are closed, can your spine still grow? Will testosterone lengthen the spine if it can grow?
Arthritis: 95% of the time, this means you have every day wear and tear changes. This otherwise is the same as degenerative spinal arthritis or ddd or degenerative disk disease. These wear and tear changes are a normal part of the aging process. Doing general core exercises 15-20 minutes 3-5 days a week will slow the process. ...Read more
Thigh pain: After fusion can be multifactorial. It can be due to nerve irritation along the front of the thigh, nerve irritation after decompression, hip flexor stretch, etc. Most often this settles down in a few weeks but you should bring it up with your surgeon to have them evaluate you. ...Read more
Maybe if prolonged: If there's a major change in posture, in the long run there's also a risk for strain and pain. Prevention is best. Step one is to stop using the device so often and/or try a different one like a tablet. Next one could also consider yoga or physical/occupational therapy if primary care doctor approves. If there's a problem after stopping using the phone or tablet, then a physiatrist could be seen. ...Read more
If you are talking: About the fluid removed on a spinal tap it is known as cerebral spinal fluid and it is constantly being formed in the brain by astructure known as the choroid plexus at a rate of about half a liter a day and is resorbed into the circulatory system. It turns over almost 4 times daily and it plays several roles or functions for the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more
Physiatrist: Could start off by seeing afamily doctor. I would then recommend you see a physiatry. If your pain persists and you've undergone conservative treatment I would see an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more
See below: This is not a medical term but in context this would be a description used on the physical exam. Protuberant, standing out, and fullness are similar words. As far as the back exam this would refer to the spine, ribs or scapula. There are several causes and having an orthopaedic spine eval by an orthopaedic surgeon, not saying you need surgery. Hope I was helpful. Thank you. ...Read more
Muscles!!!!: Think flesh/tissue and not bone/ligament/disc with chronic pain! Began selfcare with a wellness programs, vitamins b-100, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, exercise and self or prof massage, chiropractor, yoga, heat, stretching all are needed. My favorite in my practice is acupuncture and myofascial tissue release with trigger points w lidocaine. ...Read more