What to do if the bones do not grow together after a fracture

A person can be seriously injured not only during sports or dangerous work, at any time you can slip, stumble or even get injured due to ordinary carelessness. It is important not to panic for fractures and other injuries, try to get to the emergency room as soon as possible, or call an ambulance if the fracture is really serious.

If you ignore the damage, or even later in contacting a specialist, the chances of proper growth are significantly reduced, especially if the injury involves displacement of the bone. We are often asked questions of the following plan: “The fracture does not grow together – what should I do?” – let’s take a closer look at it.

How bone fusion occurs

Bone fusion is a complex process from which doctors distinguish the following stages:

  1. The formation of a clot. At this stage, at the fracture site, a certain viscous substance appears, it is necessary for the formation of bone tissue in the future.
  2. The formation of osteoclasts. This term refers to new cells that fill all the free space at the fracture site. Thus, the formation of a granular br />

What can slow down this process

Despite the fact that injured bones are the most significant factor affecting the duration of fusion, there are other things that can increase this period, for example:

  • Age. The fact is that in the process of aging, tissue regeneration begins to occur more slowly, and it is not always possible to completely renew fibers and cells. And the body of young children well tolerates fractures that grow together with them practically without consequences and in a short time.
  • Bone features. For obvious reasons, healing large bones is a much longer process than healing thin ones. It is also important to pay attention to the shape of the bone (it will take longer to fuse the sinuous tissues).
  • Timeliness of therapy. As mentioned at the very beginning of this material, the success of the fusion of any bones largely depends on the timing of contacting a specialist.
  • Unexpected violations. The most difficult situations are in which the fracture is complicated by the ingress of bone fragments between its parts or by a strong displacement.
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If you listen to all the recommendations of specialists and precisely follow them, then you should not have problems with fracture fusion, but in some situations you should do everything to accelerate and improve the fusion process.

Methods for accelerating bone growth

Here are the main tips from experts regarding the acceleration of bone fusion:

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Often there are severe cases associated with fractures, when the rehabilitation period is seriously delayed, and the bones cannot grow together normally. Very often this is associated with serious bad habits, for example, with smoking or alcoholism, since they adversely affect the body, significantly slowing down the production and renewal of cells.

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Physiotherapeutic procedures are extremely effective, and they are used not only while wearing gypsum, but also after removing it. UHF irradiation is prescribed after 5-6 days after the injury, its meaning is to reduce inflammation, as well as to relieve residual pain, if present. Other physiotherapeutic procedures may be prescribed less often.

Also an effective method worthy of mention is the method of passing a weak electric current through tissues in the fracture region, which can significantly accelerate the process of fusion by the positive effect of the charge on the cellular potential. Thus, doctors are able to seriously accelerate the formation of cells that underlie the entire bone tissue.

Therapeutic exercise

After the renewal of all bone tissue affected by the fracture, physical therapy sessions should begin. Yes, sometimes you can do without them, but in this case, the process of restoring the functions of a certain part of the body will stretch for an indefinite period.

But it is important to know the measure, because all physical activities of this kind should be insignificant in the initial stages, for example, you can start by raising or lowering the limb if the injury was associated with them. In any case, it is best to contact the nearest polyclinic, most likely there is an exercise therapy room where such classes are held (you will be shown the most suitable exercises).

But it is impossible and constantly to do the same exercises, the load must be increased (this should happen gradually). Both stretching exercises and training muscles that were not stressed when inside the plaster cast are important.

Returning to your usual way of life always requires a different amount of time, but with the help of physiotherapy exercises you will significantly speed up this process.

Is it acceptable to use alternative medicine

Very often one can hear about the effectiveness of the use of alternative medicine in various diseases as part of complex therapy in order to reduce symptoms. Fractures and other injuries do not apply to such cases, with them the use of folk remedies is unacceptable.

Traumatologists are extremely skeptical of any folk remedies, but they are still allowed to use some of them if they do not interfere with the main treatment.

Fracture predictions

As mentioned earlier, most of the fractures can be cured without much difficulty, and even complications do not arise. It is important to be as careful as possible after removing the plaster cast, since for about 1-2 years you are subject to repeated injury.

Fusion of a limb or any adjacent areas in most cases occurs over several months, and may also take up to six months to fully restore the functions of the arm or leg.

The most severe fracture is considered an injury to the spinal column, especially if it happens not in a child, but in an adult. The fact is that the rehabilitation of such injuries can take several years, and in the most severe cases, the bone marrow can be affected, which is fraught with disability up to limb failure.

Preventive measures

It is important to protect your health, as well as pay attention to preventive measures so as not to face the need to accelerate the process of fracture fusion in the future. If you are in old age, then avoid physical activity that is unusual for you.

Be sure to do morning exercises, just a few exercises will help you stretch out and establish blood circulation throughout the body. Be sure to abandon bad habits that negatively affect the body as a whole.

Do not forget about walks in the fresh air, which must be done several times a week, because they will help improve overall well-being and strengthen the body. It is also recommended to play sports to maintain muscle tone.

Anatoly Kudravets

Anatoly Kudravets, Orthopedic Traumatologist. He works with severe cases, practices operative methods of treating connective tissues