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Can I keep growing at 20s?

Patient: I am 20 years old. At the ageo of 17 I had a knee injury. I stopped growing. 16. I’ve been 6’0 ever since. I was wondering if there will be a lat spurt in my 20s? Is that possible. I had I broken Tibia Plateau and a torn meniscus.

 

 

Doctor: If at the age of 17 when you had the knee injury, your epiphysial plates were already closed, then no repercussion on th e growing process took place. First of all, growth is determined for many factors as: parents height (familial short stature), timing of the puberty because with the sexual hormones the epiphysial fusion occurs early, resulting in premature slowing of growth velocity, usually resulting in a short adult height. The X rays are the only way to know if your epiphysis have closed already, (you stated that you are 20 years old), reducing your potential for an additional growth in stature.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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