Fracture Healing

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When the bone breaks (fracture), it goes through several stages of healing.

First Stage
Hematoma (collection of blood) forms at the fracture site to protect the area from further damage. This stimulates an inflammatory response which is essential for healing process. High doses of anti-inflammatories can sometimes have a bad impact on certain fractures.

Second Stage
The fracture callus begins to form around the broken bone as a result of replacement of dead cells with new ones and formation of collagen fibers that bridge the gap between two fractures ends. During this process, the body also produces a type of protein to help in the healing process. This phase usually takes 3-4 weeks to complete.

Third Stage
Bone remodeling occurs when new bone cells (osteoblasts) form and old ones are replaced with stronger and harder ones. This is done in order to strengthen the fracture site. The fracture callus also begins to be reabsorbed as the fracture heals. At 4-8 weeks, X-rays can show early signs of bone formation.

Fourth Stage
During this stage, new blood vessels and muscles form in order to provide better support and mobility of the area. This is essential for a successful fracture recovery. The entire healing process can take up to several months, depending on the type and severity of the fracture. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders and participate in physical therapy to ensure a
complete recovery. Fracture healing is a complex process that needs the right environment, nutrition, and care to be
successful. Proper treatment and rest will help you heal faster and prevent further complications. With the right approach, you can have a successful fracture recovery.

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