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This Is How Your Broken Bones Heals

September 21, 2019


It takes more than 4000 newtons of force to
break the femur, which is the strongest bone in your body. That’s close to 400 Kgs of weight. So with that in mind it’s easy to understand
the enormous amount of pressure your bones can withstand. Apply more pressure than that though, and
you end up breaking a bone. If you’ve gone through this then you know
how painful it can be. But did you ever wonder how exactly a bone
heals and regains it’s strength? Today bestie is here to tell you about the
way bone fractures are treated and the science behind the 3 stages of the bone healing process. To help you heal faster in case of a fracture,
we’ll give you some healthy tips too. So grab your helmet as we take you on this
ride. Safety first! We don’t want you to end up with any broken
bones. Medically termed as a fracture, a bone break
can be complete or partial. Whether it needs surgery a metal plate or
just a brace for healing all depends on how bad the break is. The bone should heal in a way that stays true
to its natural anatomy. A bone that heals in an unusual position will
likely have to be broken again, which doesn’t sound like a picnic. Not to mention if it heals incorrectly, it
can lead to abnormal bleeding, clotting, infection, muscle damage and swelling around the affected
area. Some bones such as your thigh bone can take
longer to heal. They might experience fat embolism too which
is when fat globules are released into the bloodstream and end up where they shouldn’t. Not something you want to happen, that’s
for sure. So, it is extremely important to consult a
doctor in case of a . fractureSitting at home and self- medicating can cause irreversible
damage or something much worse, so avoiding the doctor is a no no. When you do talk to a doctor, depending on
the location and how bad the fracture is, you will be recommended a specific treatment. If you just have a minor fracture, like a
hairline one, that can heal on its own, you’ll likely be given a traditional cast like the
ones all the kids used to sign in school. A fibreglass cast or plaster one makes the
broken bone immobile and is the usual treatment for fractures of the , arm, leg and wrist
bones. If absolute immobility isn’t required, a
doctor can also put you in a functional cast, or brace. This one gives you limited and controlled
movement. Usually you’ll be first given a traditional
plaster cast and then a brace. This way you step up from absolutely no movement
to a little movement gradually. In case you’ve had a serious accident that
left you with a more complicated or serious break, the doctors will perform a special
surgery known as a reduction. In this procedure, they will expose and reposition
your bone so it can heal properly. The open reduction also uses tools or fixations
like metal rods and special screws. So basically you’ll become part robot. Now that the broken bone is set in place,
the healing can begin. It happens in 3 crucial stages. Stage 1: The inflammatory phase The first stage of healing starts immediately
after you break a bone. It is also called Hematoma formation. 48 hours after the fracture, the blood is
released by vessels around the affected area. Eventually, this blood forms a hematoma which
leads to the disruption of blood supply to the bone. Without blood, bone cells around the fracture
die. This goes on for about 1 week before the next
stage of healing starts. Stage 2: The Repairing phase As the name suggests this is the phase where
actual bone repair happens. It lasts for about 2 to 3 weeks after the
fracture and is the time when the body first develops tissue and cartilage around the break. If the bone is broken completely, a soft tissue
collar starts forming on both ends of the broken bone. This growth will continue until there’s
a bridge formed between the two broken ends. Kinda neat huh? This bridge is called callus and it helps
in stabilizing the broken ends. As time passes, this tissue callus will be
replaced by a bony callus made up of spongy bone. This newly formed bony callus will be called
trabecular bone and once this happens, the final stage of the healing process starts. Stage 3: Bone Remodeling The third and final phase of bone repair replaces
the spongy callus we just talked about with a hard, solid bone. Unfortunately, this takes a long time to happen,
and can go on for several months. The compaction of newly formed bone continues
until it returns to its original state. Blood circulation will continue to improve
as you regain the use of the limb that was broken with everyday weight and activity. It typically takes around 6 to 8 weeks for
these 3 steps to be completed. Normally you’ll be able to do regular activities
and stop feeling any pain much before that. Though the healing time is different for everyone
and depends on the type of fracture. No matter how simple the healing process sounds,
many things can slow it down. Weightbearing too soon can break immature
bone fragments, so when they doctor tells you to take it easy, it’s best to listen
to their advice. You should try and avoid smoking too, as it
can constrict blood circulation to the affected area. Also, medical conditions like diabetes or
certain medications can slow down the healing process as well. Make sure you check with your doctor as everyone
is different. To help you heal faster alongside your treatment,
we have a few healthy tips for you. You can boost your bone healing by giving
it what it needs the most, protein. Protein deficiency can make callus formed
around the fracture rubbery instead of solid. The bone’s major component is protein so
make sure you get lots of it in your diet from food or supplements. Certain antioxidants can prevent tissue damage
during the healing, by removing free radicals from your body. So make foods like berries, kale, spinach
and dark chocolate a part of your diet. They are filled with those amazing antioxidants
your body needs. Apart from protein, bones also require minerals. Calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus and
zinc, all are crucial for bone repair. So turn to foods like salmon, potatoes, and
egg yolks to take care of your mineral needs. These minerals specifically help the formation
of callus and will help speed up the healing process. Now, you might have the raw material for bone
formation in the form of protein and minerals but most body interactions need vitamins. This is why multivitamin supplements are recommended
for stronger bones because bone rebuilding needs them. Vitamin B is essential for energy production
and similarly, other vitamins like C, K, D and E play a significant role in accelerating
the bone rebuilding. So your meals should include foods like broccoli,
squash, citrus fruits and carrots as they are rich in vitamins. Apart from these foods you can also go for
herbal supplements. However we recommend you talk to your doctor
before taking them alongside your regular medicine. Soon, you’ll need to get moving again, once
you’ve been given the okay, physiotherapy can be really helpful in certain cases. Exercise improves blood flow to the site of
injury and proper exercising can help the patient regain the limb function too. This part can be a bit uncomfortable but it’s
a necessary part of the healing process. Whichever way you end up breaking a bone,
be mindful about the amount of pressure you are putting on it. Immobilization is the most important part
of healing. So don’t go jumping around until your doctor
allows you to. The main focus should be to take it slow and
give the body the time it needs to heal. Have you ever broken a bone? How many have you broken? Let us know in the comment section below.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Daniel Fatoba September 20, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    still checking for comments

    👇👇👇

  • Reply Bestie September 20, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Have you ever broken a bone? How many have you broken?
    Let us know in the comment section below.

  • Reply Bestie September 20, 2019 at 8:17 pm

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  • Reply vansse Mccreadie September 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    🤔🤨🤮🤮

  • Reply Xxloser_catxX Gatcha September 20, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I’ve broken my ankle

  • Reply 0baby_ shelly0 September 20, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I don't know what's wrong with my knee but when I stop walking it feels like it pops in and out 😑

  • Reply Najma Begum September 20, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Right, sending to my friend 🤗🤗 who broken her bone

  • Reply Lynn Cameron September 20, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Never.. Sprained my ankle.. Have fallen many times.. 🤔 🤔 🤔

  • Reply Velvet Voice September 20, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    For me I broke at least maybe 30 or 40 bones in my body now that I'm up in age is showing it's ugly face again

  • Reply crystal jan September 20, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for this vid!

  • Reply Vaithy M September 20, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Hey bestie ❤️✌️

  • Reply Krish Patel September 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I never broken my legs and arms entire of my life.

  • Reply Mithun B S September 21, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Both Femur and tibia at the same
    It's been 5 weeks and still taking bed rest!!

  • Reply Doom Racing September 21, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Just went threw a ankle replacement. 2.5 weeks in. Not a break, but bone has to grow around the metal joint. It strated as a chipped, and cracked bone back in 1990.

  • Reply T GR8-1 September 21, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I was going through this tragedy. Thank you #bestie!

  • Reply TSAR BOMBA September 21, 2019 at 6:15 am

    police broke my tibia im a victim of police brutality.

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