Fractures are quite common phenomena in the modern world, because many people still have misconceptions about their impact on health. That’s what we are going to discuss in this issue.
First, it’s important to say that our bones have an incredible regenerative capability. In most cases, fracture healing takes a few weeks or months, and the duration of the healing depends on the patient’s age and the health status. So for example, fracture healing in children takes much less time than in people of retirement age. If you are a smoking person, you should know that your bone density is lower than normal, and fracture healing will take longer than in non-smokers.
Surprisingly, many people think that in cases of fracture a person won’t be able to move the limb, but that’s not exactly true. Of course, you can’t do that if the bone itself and the connective tissue are broken down, but it doesn’t happen in some cases and the person keeps thinking that it’s just a bruise. The presence of swelling, painful sensations and especially a bone deformity signals that you have to get immediate medical attention. Otherwise, be prepared for a curvature – for example, of a finger- that can be corrected only with surgery.
Another mistake is that people do not visit doctors after severe injuries to their toes. It happens because it is quite difficult to diagnose a fracture or a crack by its appearance, plus the finger pain is not too bad. Besides, in 80% of cases, the bone fractures here are perfectly healed without setting the bandage. But if you have a bad luck, and you decide not visiting the doctor, be prepared for the recurring episodes of pain and the fact that in the future you won’t be able to wear regular shoes.
At the end of the issue we wanted to tell you about the consequences of bone fractures. Quite often it can be not only a weather sensitivity in the form of aching pain in the injured limb, but also far more serious consequences. As a result, for example, of a leg fracture in children at an early age, the leg may become skewed and grow longer or shorter. To adults who had their spine, arm, leg or thigh broken, the severe pain may return decades later. In cases of open fractures and lack of proper care a person can face bone infection and severe nerve damage, which in time may lead to amputation.