Bone Fractures

What is a Fracture?

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When and outside force hit a bone, the bone can potentially fail then by causing a fracture. A fracture and be a small crack within or on a bone or even a full break of a bone. In most cases there will be much inflammation (swelling) in the area of a fracture and in some cases oblivious visually noticeable deformities can occur.

What causes it? 

The strength of bones depends on their size and density. Bone density depends on the amount of calcium, phosphorus, boron, and other minerals that bones contain. When bones contain fewer minerals than normal, they become less strong and eventually lose their internal supporting structure. Genetic and environmental factors, such as diet and exercise, also affect bone strength.

There are many reasons that bone becomes less dense than normal. Bones are consistently changing. New bones are made and old bones are broken down in a process called remodeling, or bone turnover.

Lack of calcium can also lead to Osteoporosis which is a disease of the bones that causes the bones to become weak and prone to fracture over time.

What are my treatment options?

Conventional approaches 

Proper first aid treatment by a trained individual at the time of a fracture is essential. Depending on the site of the fracture and the severity, a splint or cast will often be used, along with medication for pain relief.  

Natural alternative or complimentary options

Natural alternatives to help speed the healing process include laser therapy with our chiropractormedical acupuncture with electro-stimulation, massage, active release therapy and hydrotherapy techniques. Natural anti-inflammatory remedies can also be helpful in managing the pain.

It is also important to consider why the fracture happened in the first place; was it due to trauma or could it have been the result of osteopenia or osteoporosis? If this is possible then a proper assessment along with nutrition and natural supplementation and possible medication may be necessary. Rehabilitation exercises and lifestyle modifications could also help to speed recovery time and prevent future injuries.

Resources:

Natural Standard Databases:

http://naturalstandard.com.ezproxy.ccnm.edu/databases/conditions/all/condition-osteoporosis.asp

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