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Why is it so hard to grow the shin bone once growth plates have closed?

Why is it so hard to grow the shin bone once growth plates have closed?

Finished growing: Bone lengthening occurs at the ends of the long bones at the site of the growth plates. If the growth plates have closed, no more lengthening can occur. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

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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Is it possible for growth plates to never close? I read a story of a 39-year-old woman who said an xray showed her tibia growth plates were still open

Is it possible for growth plates to never close? I read a story of a 39-year-old woman who said an xray showed her tibia growth plates were still open

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is caused by bacteria that are in your mouth. Good brushing and flossing will prevent these bacteria from growing and causing gingivitis. Since these bacteria are everywhere they can be transmitted by kissing and other oral contact. Prevention is the key. Rush, floss. And see dentist regularly. ...Read more

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Are there growth plates in the middle(lengthwise) of the tibia or are they just at the ends?

Are there growth plates in the middle(lengthwise) of the tibia or are they just at the ends?

At the ends: The epiphyseal plate (or epiphysial plate, physis, or growth plate) is a hyaline cartilage plate in the metaphysis at each end of a long bone. These bones grow by the contribution of new bone from the growth plate. The plate is found in children and adolescents, and fuses in adults, so that length does not normally increase after the plates are fused. ...Read more

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After a hard impact (martial arts) my shin bone seems to have been chipped. The area is now all mushy, how long before it is replaced with hard bone?

After a hard impact (martial arts) my shin bone seems to have been chipped. The area is now all mushy, how long before it is replaced with hard bone?

Contusion: It is more likely that you have a hematoma (collection of blood after an injury). The shin area is very commonly involved since there is a small amount of flesh between the skin and the bone. It will resolve in a month or 2. If you think you have a bone chip get it x-rayed . ...Read more

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After a hard impact martial arts my shin bone seems to have been chipped. The area is now all mushy, how long before it is replaced with hard bone?

After a hard impact  martial arts  my shin bone seems to have been chipped. The area is now all mushy, how long before it is replaced with hard bone?

This may not be a : Bone issue but a hematoma ( blood under the skin) or fat and/ or muscle necrosis (dead tissue) that feels mushy-see a physician for evaluation to see what the diagnosis is before assuming it is a bone issue which may also be bruised or contused. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my 14 yr old tore her ACL . Her growth plates on her tibia are still open about 1 mm. What are her options.?

Need help docs! my 14 yr old tore her ACL . Her growth plates on her tibia are still open about 1 mm. What are her options.?

ACL tears: Acl tears are inside the joint. The growth plate is not part of the acl. Also, the tears can be of varying degrees, so her options would be best discussed with her orthopedic/sports medicine doctor. Follow his/her advice 4activity. Partial tears may heal on their own at times but complete tears may need surgical repair. So this question is hard to answer without a complete exam. ...Read more

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What can cause a tiny hard ball to form on the shin bone?

What can cause a tiny hard ball to form on the shin bone?

Several things: He/she will listen to you, perform an exam, possibly run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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My husband noticed a hard lump on his left shin bone today. He is wondering what it could be. He has no pain, no specific injury remembered?

My husband noticed a hard lump on his left shin bone today. He is wondering what it could be. He has no pain, no specific injury remembered?

Should get X-ray: There are a number of reasons for bumps on bone, trauma is one, other causes are benign or malignant. Benign causes include endochondroma, osteochondroma, nonossifying fibroma, chondroblastoma, osteoid osteoma, osteoblastoma, periosteal chondroma, giant cell tumor, and chondromyxoid fibroma. Malignant lesions in that age range include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma or ewing's sarcoma. See a md. ...Read more