WHY YOU NEED PHYSICAL THERAPY FOLLOWING A BONE FRACTURE
25 Sep 2018
Though you know broken bones may require a physical therapy, visiting a physical therapist may seem a little overboard when you experience a fracture. However, fractures can cause just as much, if not more, damage than a break.
After a bone fractures due to a fall, you might need to undergo a bone graft delivery via a bone graft delivery system like the Graft Gun. This medical device and procedure can help heal the bone where the fracture was located. However, your fracture will still take between two and 10 weeks to heal, even if you do use projection fibers to help heal the area. On top of that, you’ll likely be confined to a cast or splint to reduce movement and promote healing to the affected area.
After the healing is complete, you’re likely to experience stiff joints, reduced muscle, and difficulty moving. Luckily, physical therapy can help. Here are some of the benefits.
YOU WILL GET BETTER FASTER
Performing physical therapy instructions by a trained professional will often get you feeling like yourself again at a faster rate. Because physical therapy promotes healing to the soft tissues in the area, you’re going to be able to get back to work and doing the activities you love.
YOU’LL FEEL STRONGER
Fractures often result in damage to the soft tissues along with the damage to the bone. Even after your bones are healed thanks to the Vibone bone funnel, you will still need to re-strengthen the area through physical therapy. Physical therapy is vital to promoting flexibility and strength where the damage was done.
YOUR BALANCE WILL IMPROVE
If you use a tool to walk or move around when you suffer a bone fracture, it’s likely that your balance will be off once you’re fully healed from the fracture. Between crutches, wheelchairs, and casts, you’re bound to walk abnormally after a couple months of healing. As such, you need to work with a physical therapist to correct your balance after a period of immobilization.
THEY WILL CHECK FOR ANY NERVE OR JOINT DAMAGE
When a fracture occurs, there’s always a chance that the trauma from the impact has damaged nerves in the surrounding area. Your physical therapist will be able to diagnose joint and nerve injuries in order to put you on the right path to recovery. Some will even recommend you get Vibone to fix aspects of your joint, like the knee and hip. This is done via a bone graft delivery device that injects a synthetic bone material, or bone marrow from your own body or a donor.
Fractures aren’t taken as seriously as broken bones, but the necessity for physical therapy cannot be understated.
KEEPING PATIENTS INFORMED: A QUICK GUIDE TO BONE GRAFT MATERIAL OPTIONS
19 Sep 2018
Thanks to many developments in bone-grafting technologies, doctors, dentists, and surgeons have a variety of options for filling bone voids. A long-term study of 2 million bone graft patients found a trend away from traditional bone graft to bone graft substitutes in the United States. Clearly, different substances are appropriate for different patients on a case-by-case basis, and the graft delivery device will play an integral role in the substance selection process. Here is a brief guide to different material options beyond traditional autograft that customers and patients may be curious about in today’s ever-growing bone grafting market.
A xenograft refers to highly processed bone originally taken from an animal being used in human bone grafts. The xenograft acts as a bridge for natural human bone to slowly grow, overtake, and eventually replace it. This method has many benefits. It prevents a second surgery site from being necessary, as the graft material is harvested from somewhere other than the patient’s own body. Xenografts also allow for a large amount of bone substitute to be collected at one time.
- Alloplastic Grafts
These grafts involve substituting bone with material that does not come from an animal or human. Alloplastic graft options include bioglass, ceramic, and polymers of various substances. This option is convenient because it does not require harvest from another organism. Another benefit of alloplastic grafts is unique, putty-like options that allow greater shaping of the bone graft. Dentists frequently use alloplastic grafts for filling bone voids in the mouth.
- Innovative Allografts
Another option beyond traditional bone grafts are processed bone substances from other humans adapted to create an optimum grafting material. To limit the risk of rejection or disease transference, human bone from a donor is thoroughly processed to remove fat, blood, and other cells from the bone mineral material. Structural integrity is preserved so that the original bone can bind to and eventually overtake the grafted bone. This type is beneficial for use in bone graft delivery devices beyond than traditional bone funnels and has a variety of applications in spine fusion, hip replacement, and more.
When choosing a bone graft material, be sure you know all the options, and be sure that patients have the chance to understand what substances are available to heal their bone injuries. Keeping patients educated about bone graft delivery devices and materials is essential to ensuring the best healing possible.