A fracture is a broken bone. A broken bone is a
fracture. While many believe that a fracture is a "hairline break,"
or a certain type of broken bone, this is not so. A fracture and a
broken bone are the same thing!
Both of these words mean that the normal
bone architecture has been disrupted. This does not imply a certain
type of treatment, but in general, bones heal best when immobilized.
Therefore treatment often involves casting of the broken bone (or
fracture) and may require surgery to fix the bone into
Introduction: Breaking a bone can be a big
deal but it happens to lots of kids and adults. To understand why
bones break, it helps to know what bones do and what they are made
of. There are 206 bones in the body that form the human skeleton,
the purpose of which is to support and protect the softer parts of
the body. Bones are living tissue. They grow rapidly during early
years, and renew themselves when they are broken. Bones are made up
of bone cells, proteins, and minerals, like calcium. Your diet has a
big effect on the strength and health of your bones. Because of
their unique structure, bones can bear large amounts of
From a sudden high impact
injury - often a fall or an accident.
Any bone disease will make the bone
weak and fragile increasing the tendency for
Osteoporosis - that is loss of bone
mass due to old age, not enough physical activity and hormonal
imbalance can make the bones too soft to survive
A rare disease called Osteogenesis
Imperfecta is a birth defect in which the tissue forming the bone
does not develop properly, resulting in abnormally weak bones
making them vulnerable to fractures.
Tumors in bone, both benign and
malignant (cancerous), can replace healthy tissue and weaken
bones, making them more vulnerable to fracture.
Cancer treatments like Chemotherapy
can cause bones to weaken leading to bone fractures.
Nutritional deficiencies, such as
rickets, in which the body does not absorb enough vitamin D, can
weaken bones. Those who are underweight also risk loosing bone
mass and strength, as low body weight causes the body to stop
producing estrogen. Young women who suffer from severe weight loss
or anorexia may develop osteoporosis as early as their 20's, and
bones may remain thin and weak even after recovery.
Runners or tennis players may
experience stress fractures, in which fatigued muscles transfer
stress to the bone, gradually causing a tiny crack to
fracture (Spiral) (Spiral fractures are frequently encountered by
skiers because the nature of the sport requires a twisting action
whilst at the same time the feet are locked in a fixed
A break can be anything from a hairline
fracture (a thin break in the bone) to the bone being broken into
two or more pieces. The break can be directly across the width,
lengthwise, obliquely or spirally.
The two main types of fractures
Closed or simple
fracture: where the bone is broken but skin is
Open or compound fracture is when the
bone protrudes through the skin, creating a risk of infection to
both the skin and the bone.
These two fracture types are further
classified into the following different types:
A complete fracture is when the bone
has broken into two pieces.
A greenstick fracture is an
incomplete fracture when the bone cracks one side only, not all
the way through.
A single fracture is when the bone is
broken in one place.
A comminuted fracture is when the
bone is broken into more than two pieces or crushed.
A spiral fracture when the break
spirals around the bone, common in twisting injury.
A transverse fracture where the break
is in a straight line across the bone.
A bending fracture which only happens
in kids, is when the bone bends but doesn't break, producing
A displaced fracture is when the bone
has moved out of alignment.
When bones are fractured, they
expose internal organs to injury as well; injured vertebrae can
harm the delicate spinal cord; a broken rib can damage chest
organs such as the heart or lungs.
A fractured limb will
be swollen, bruised, tender, and immobile.
Pain could be from a deep ache to a
very sharp pain, and is made worse by movement.
Obvious deformity in the injured
The fractured person may feel faint
Blood loss sometimes may also
lead to shock.
The following procedure can be
used as a first aid method to determine a broken bone.
Administer 3 doses of Symph 30C at 5 min intervals.
If pricking, sticking, jagging pain is relieved
in an osseous area of the body the bone is broken.
If pain is not relieved (remains painful) the
bone is not broken
treatments are conventionally used for various types of
Elevation of the injured part to
reduce bleeding and swelling
Splint/cast to immobilize the injured
area and encourage bone alignment and healing
Traction is the application of
a force to stretch the muscles and tendons around the broken bone
to allow the bone ends to align and heal. Traction consists of
pulleys, strings, weights, and a metal frame attached over or on
Surgery, the object of which is to
put certain types of broken bones back into place, achieves this
by Internal fixation (metal rods or pins located inside the bone)
or External fixation devices (metal rods or pins located outside
of the body) which are used to hold the bone fragments in place to
allow alignment and healing
Medication revolves around pain
Homeopathic Approach to
Homeopathic tree of life
Homeopathy provides many significant
medicines in treating people who suffer from accidents and injuries.
When these medicines are used in combination with conventional
procedures, the risk of long-term damage from an injury can be
significantly decreased and the healing process can be noticeably
improved. Homeopathic medicines will help build and maintain a
healthy, resilient skeleton that can support and speed up healing
over the fractured site by enhancing circulation, can also be used
as an antiseptic to avoid infections in case of open fractures.
Patients treated homeopathically experience less pain, have fewer
side effects, and recover faster. The goal of this Homeopathic
approach is to enliven the body's natural healing and self-repair
ability to not only help recover your fracture, but also create the
highest state of health and well-being. Homeopathic remedies are
also nonhabit forming and have no addictive
Arnica should be used twice daily for the
first 2 to 3 wks. Ledum can alternate with Arnica after the first
24 hra in order to help with internal and external bruising.
Symphytum used in low potency twice daily acerbates healing as
does Ruta and Hypericum if there has been nerve
Protecting the Homeopathic tree of life
Adequate amounts of calcium are needed to
develop and maintain healthy bones. Bones also get stronger and
denser with regular but not excessive exercise esp. weight bearing
exercises such as running, walking or sports, which can be modified
according to your age. Children are recommended to take 800 mg of
calcium daily, adolescents should take in 1300 mg of calcium daily.
Women are recommended to take 1000 mg daily; and men and women above
the age of 50 are recommended to take in 1200 mg of calcium
daily. Hence, homeopathic treatment along with conventional
procedures should be considered for healthy and fast healing of
bones, and restoring normal muscle strength, joint motion and
What should I do
next? Contact Dr. Peter
Darashah and discuss your concerns with him. Should
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