Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Fractures
There are several issues related to falls and slips and a range of personal accidents. The most common of these remains fractures. This is because the impact associated with most of these accidents is too much for the skin and fat layer to cushion your bones against.
Surgical treatments for fractures are the standard option in most hospitals. There are now various non-surgical options at personal injury clinic Your Care Health Network in Miami for the patients whose bodies cannot withstand the rigors of surgeries. These are designed to relieve your pain while stimulating the healing of your fracture.
Here are some of these non-surgical fracture treatment options.
Ultrasonic and Electronic Bone Stimulation
This technique uses a low-intensity pulsed ultrasound or low-level electric currents to speed your bone’s healing rate. The treatment is generally administered at your doctor’s office though there are some portable treatment units the doctor might recommend for home use. Ultrasonic and electric bone stimulation enhances the production of proteins in the affected area to regenerate destroyed cells.
These medications mimic certain hormones which boost bone regeneration. The most common drug used is teriparatide which mimics parathyroid hormone and speeds fracture healing by increasing your body’s calcium concentration and growth of new bone tissue. It is administered in daily injections for about six months.
This technique involves the use of different implements to immobilize your fractured bone and boost its healing. These include casts, braces, pins and splints and weights for traction in in-patient settings. Fracture immobilization is typically done for fractures of the upper and lower limbs and at times spinal cord.
The above options unlike surgical treatments have no scars to contend with and are less costly compared to the latter. They will, however, take more time to heal your fracture fully. Long-term use of corticosteroids for pain relief after sustaining a fracture is typically discouraged since it slows down the bone healing process.