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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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Do the growth plates of a matching pair of bones (e.g. tibias) close at the exact same time? Could just grow one leg of a hgh-using young adult?

Do the growth plates of a matching pair of bones (e.g. tibias) close at the exact same time? Could just grow one leg of a hgh-using young adult?

Unclear : Not enough history available to tell if you are using it for approved uses such as inadequate growth. Are using getting this illicitly? You then do not know what you are getting. if you are taking injections the chance of gaining fluid weight but does not translate to performance Probably not cause just one leg to grow unless it was started late. and the one growth plate was closed ...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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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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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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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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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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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

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I HAVE A HARD LUMP NEXT TO MY SHIN BONE & AM VERY WORRIED WHAT IT IS, IT ISNT RED OR VISABLE, I CAN JUST FEEL IT. IT ISN'T PAINFUL.

I HAVE A HARD LUMP NEXT TO MY SHIN BONE & AM VERY WORRIED WHAT IT IS, IT ISNT RED OR VISABLE, I CAN JUST FEEL IT. IT ISN'T PAINFUL.

Shin lump: If it is mobile and not painful and not getting larger ,watch it if u start getting pain or it grows or is firmly attached to surrounding tissue ,get it checked! ...Read more

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Have a lump on my left shin bone. is very hard and does not move, has been there for several months now. should I get this checked out?

Yes: I would recommend having your leg seen in person or virtually for proper diagnosis and treatment options. IF you are having any symptoms like unresolved pain, fever, chills or nausea than you should be seen in urgent care. ...Read more

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I have a lot of hard bumps going up the front part of my shin bone and in terrible pain I have osteoperosis and RA. IS THIS A CONCERN?

May be rheumatoid no: These may be rheumatoid nodules. You need to discuss this with your rheumatologist. I doubt this is related to the osteoporosis. ...Read more

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I fell on the concrete playing basketball on my shin bone now I have a small hard ball were i hurt it what is it?

Hematoma: Most likely it's a small collection of blood that has hardened after it bled and clotted. It should go away with time. Some gentle massage may speed it along. ...Read more

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I have a hard painfull lump on my left leg very close to the shin bone. It hurts when i walk and also to the touch. It appeared suddenly.

I have a hard painfull lump on my left leg very close to the shin bone.  It hurts when i walk and also to the touch.  It appeared suddenly.

See your Orthopod !: Sudden appearance of a painful & tender swelling in the leg could be due to a number of causes. It could be from a fall or stumble resulting in a fx or torn muscle; or due to an infection. All these would be associated with a history of a trauma or fever, etc. Rarer causes include a bone tumor breaking thru, resulting in sudden swelling, pain & tenderness. Bleeding vessel might also cause the same. ...Read more