Dr. Charles Orth D.O.

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Fracture Care Basics
 

 
Example of broken (fractured) forearm




Factors that aid fracture healing.
1. Time
2. Calcium/ good nutrition
3. Immobilization
4. Surgery when indicated
5. Follow all care instructions
    
Good strong bone has both strong cortical (compact) bone and cancellous softer bone.
 
 
Factors that deter fracture healing.
1. Smoking # 1 risk factor
 2. Motion at fracture site
 3. Low calcium
 4. Poor nutrition
 5. Areas with poor blood supply
 6. Anti-inflammatory medicines
 
 

Here is an example of a nonunion(not healing) wrist(scaphoid) bone.