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Doctor insights on: Weightlifting Growth Plates

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Weight Lifting (Definition)

Weight lifting refers to the activity of lifting weights, or using resistance bands, pulley systems, or similar resistance apparatus to increase muscle mass or to tone the body. This can either be done competitively or as a ...Read more


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Does increased testosterone close your growth plates?

Does increased testosterone close your growth plates?

Growth plates: Unlikely but I am puzzled by your statement "increased testosterone". Please explain. Is it normal increase in your own testosterone production as you are going through puberty and beyond? Are you taking testosterone that has not been prescribed for you? ...Read more

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What are "hot spots" that are visible on bone scans. Are they growth plates?

What are "hot spots" that are visible on bone scans. Are they  growth plates?

Bone scan: In all scans a 'hot spot' is a simple description of increased tracer uptake in a particular area. Depending on the patient age, reason for scan and type of scan done this will aid in diagnosis. Growth plates tend to show up as one of these hot spots because of increased bone activity in these areas. ...Read more

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Would 2 ius of HGH a day for 12 month, have any affect on a 17 year old with open growth plates?

Would 2 ius of HGH a day for 12 month, have any affect on a 17 year old with open growth plates?

Under Doctor's Care: If you are not getting this from a physician who has prescribed it and is monitoring all that must be monitored then i would advise you against using this product with all of the urgency I have as a physician. ...Read more

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Can masturbation/ejaculation cause the early closing of growth plates, therefore affecting my final height?

Can masturbation/ejaculation cause the early closing of growth plates, therefore affecting my final height?

No: While the time of growth plate closure is impacted my many factors, masturbation and ejaculation do not affect your final height in any way. Other myths about masturbation? It'll cause hairy palms, acne, blindness, etc. ...Read more

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Can I grow taller at 19 .. Especially if my growth plates are still open also will hgh help me to grow taller ?

Can I grow taller at 19 .. Especially if my growth plates are still open also will hgh help me to grow taller ?

If the growth: plate is open yes you can . Supplemental hgh can let you increase the speed of getting there, but not the final height. The final height is predetermined by your genes. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and 5'8" I want to be 6'0" will taking estrogen blockers and IGF-1 help me grow. My growth plates are still open.

I'm 17 and 5'8" I want to be 6'0" will taking estrogen blockers and IGF-1 help me grow. My growth plates are still open.

No!: Do not take any drugs to try to help you grow. If your growth plates are open you will continue to grow some, but give up hope for six feet. That is VERY unlikely and no drugs will help in any meaningful way. ...Read more

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At the doctors they x rayed my sons arm due to a possible break. She mentioned that his growth plates are wide open. He is 12. What does it mean?

At the doctors they x rayed my sons arm due to a possible break. She mentioned that his growth plates are wide open. He is 12. What does it mean?

He is still growing: Don't be alarmed at all. It just means he has more growth potential ahead of him. There can be a difference in chronological and bone age. If you want to know his bone age, go to an ortho specialist or have his regular doctor et a left hand xray. There is an atlas that will tell you the bone age which can be different. ...Read more

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(dr.Cornelia franz) so that means we can grow even after puperty wheather growth plates are fused or not if pituitary release high amount of HGH ?

(dr.Cornelia franz) so that means we can grow even after puperty wheather growth plates are fused or not if pituitary release high amount of HGH ?

Again...: Puberty does not mean that the growth plates are now closed. It may be coincidental in some joints, but usually not with the long bones of the body. Once the growth plates are fused, you are done growing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to gave patellofemoral for life? I've been in physio about 3yrs and still have it. Should i get better after my growth plates close?

Is it possible to gave patellofemoral for life? I've been in physio about 3yrs and still have it. Should i get better after my growth plates close?

Could be surgical. : After failing pt for a long time like you have, i would probably ask about an mri. Sometimes patellofemoral syndrome may be due to cartilage defects under the patella called chondromalacia. That may be a surgical problem. ...Read more

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If I used HGH, assuming that some growth plates are open but some are closed, could I grow disproportionatey?Could one leg grow longe than the other?

If I used HGH, assuming that some growth plates are open but some are closed, could I grow disproportionatey?Could one leg grow longe than the other?

In theory : It's possible theoretically but unlikely. Overall growth plates tend to fuse in synchrony - as in at the same time - which is why children who have a real need for growth hormone tend to do fine. ...Read more