Our body is made up of around 206 bones that provide structure for our body and aid in flexibility. Bones along with muscles and joints help us hold our body together which is altogether called the musculoskeletal system. When a bone gets broken it’s called a fracture and depending on the place and severity of the fracture and the sincerity with which you follow your doctor’s instructions; it may take on an average of nearly six to eight weeks to heal. Some serious cases may take several months to heal too. Consulting the Delphis Homeo clinic can help you speed up the healing process and bone repair time.
What is a Fracture?
A medical condition where the continuity of a bone is broken is called a bone fracture. A fracture can happen in any bone and there are many ways a fracture can occur. A fracture occurs when the physical force put on the bone is much stronger than the bone itself. Usually, most of the human bones are strong enough to stand up to strong impact or stress, yet, when the impact or force is too potent or when something is wrong with the bone, it may result in a fracture.
Types of Fractures:
There are different types of fracture that can happen –
- Avulsion fracture – This happens when a muscle or ligament pulls on the bone making it break.
- Comminuted fracture – This happens when a bone is snapped into several pieces.
- Crush fracture – This usually happens in the spine’s spongy bone.
- Fracture dislocation – When this type of fracture occurs, a joint becomes dislocated and a fracture is present in one of the bones.
- Greenstick fracture – This type is more common among children who have softer and more elastic bones. Here the bone doesn’t break completely as the rest of the bone could bend.
- Hairline fracture – Also called stress fracture, this is one with a small crack or bruise within a bone. At times, it becomes difficult to detect this type of fracture with routine X-rays.
- Impacted fracture – This occurs when one fragment of a bone goes into another.
- Longitudinal fracture – Where the fracture is along the length of the bone it is called longitudinal fracture.
- Oblique fracture – When your fracture is diagonal to the bone’s long axis it is an oblique fracture.
- Pathological fracture – If your bone is weakened due to an underlying health condition and results in a fracture, it is called a pathological fracture.
- Spiral fracture – If at least one part of the bone is twisted due to a fracture it is a spiral fracture.
- Stress fracture – When a bone is fractured due to repetitive stress and strain it is said to be a stress fracture.
- Buckle fracture – It is a case where the bone doesn’t crack but deforms.
- Transverse fracture – A fracture where there is a straight break across the bone.
Symptoms of Fractures:
Symptoms of a fracture depend on various factors such as the affected person’s age, place of the bone and the general health of that person. Here are some common signs that show that there could be a fracture –
- A snap or grinding sound when the fracture happens
- Discoloration of the skin around the affected bone
- Visible deformity of the affected area
- Inability to put weight or stress on the affected area
- Inability to move the affected part
- Bleeding in case of open fractures
- Dizziness, nausea and a feeling of sickness in case of fracture affecting a large bone
Causes of Fractures:
When your bone is impacted with greater pressure or force than what it can take, it may result in a fracture. There are various factors that cause fractures or increase the risk of fractures which include –
- A direct strike to your body
- Traumatic incidents like –
- Sporting injuries
- Vehicle accidents
- Gunshot wounds
- Health conditions or habits that make your bones brittle and cause fractures even at the slightest event of minor trauma or fall. Factors that make your bones brittle include –
- Old age
- Endocrine disorders
- Intestinal disorders
- Taking corticosteroids
- Physical inactivity
- Drinking alcohol
Ways to Make Bones Stronger Naturally:
Although you cannot prevent unexpected falls and accidents, you can always take care of your health to prevent your bones from becoming brittle. Some regular activities that can help you strengthen your bones include –
- Nutrition – Calcium is essential for your body to have strong and healthy bones which you can increase by having a nutritious, balanced diet. Consuming a diet high in calcium like milk, cheese, yogurt and dark-green leafy vegetables will help.
- Sunlight – Your body will need Vitamin D to absorb the calcium properly and exposure to sunlight is the most natural way of getting sufficient Vitamin D. Eggs and oily fish are also good sources of this vitamin.
- Physical activity – Weight-bearing exercises make your bones stronger and denser. Activities that can help make your bones healthy include skipping, walking, running and dancing.
Fractures and Homeopathy: Although fractures may need to be treated by a surgeon depending on the severity of the injury, homeopathy can help the affected person to a great extent by shortening and easing the healing process. Remedies provided by the Delphis homeopathy clinic can significantly diminish the pain and swelling along with aiding in healing the soft tissues. Arnica Montana can be used effectively to decrease pain from swelling and trauma. Homeopathy medicines like ‘Symphytum officinale’ can speed up the formation of callous on the broken bones’ surfaces. Calcarea phosphoric can help in the consolidation of bone fractures after they have been correctly set.