ZocdocAnswersWhen do most males' growth plates close?

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When do most males' growth plates close?

I'm just wondering.

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I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Epiphyseal plates are a break at the end of long bones that allow for their longitudinally growth during our growing years. The age at which most men's epiphyseal plates (also known as growth plates) close is variable. In nearly all cases, a man's epiphyseal plates will close at a later age than a woman's. This always occurs after the end of the final growth spurt. This means that this can occur anytime between the ages of 16 and 21. Most men will find that their growth plates close somewhere in between these ages around age 18 to 19. There is usually never a need for a verification test to look for growth plate closure. The only time that I can think of that this would need to be done is if growth seemed to stunt at an abnormally young age. Physician will get general x-rays of the wrists and sometimes the knees to look for closure the plates when they are when they should be otherwise be open. If this is a concern of yours, and I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician which in your case could be a family medicine physician or a pediatrician. Good luck.

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