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What Is The Main Function Of The Epiphyseal Plates In Bones
Multiple: There are multiple functions of the epiphysis, which is basically the end of the bone. The ends of the bone have the articulate cartilage that forms the joints on the body, they contain the growth plates that allow for growth in a skeletally immature patient. They are the sites of attachment for many ligaments and tendons as well. Good question. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Injury typically: The growth plate of bones can close (fuse) too early. One reason can be injury to the growth plate, such as a fracture that crosses or involves it. There certainly are times that it can close early without any known cause as well. Additionally, surgery that involves the plate can cause it problems as well. ...Read more
If my epiphyseal lines of the metacarpals and phalanges are already closed does the bone plates may other parts of my body will allow for furthergrow?
Yes: The distal femur is usually the last to close at 17 you could be at the end of growth but it certainly can continue for longer esp in a male. ...Read more
X-ray: An x-ray would show it, but you should not have it without a doctor's advice and prescription. ...Read more
What does it mean when it's said that you're bones have fused or epiphyseals have closed? Does that mean you can't grow taller anymore?
Done with growth: There are areas at the end of your bones when you are a kid and early teenager called the epiphysis. This is the area of the bone where growth takes place. During puberty, these areas begin to get smaller - we call that closing or fusing. Once that happens completely, there is no longer any area where further growth can occur and you have reached your final height. ...Read more
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