So, when an injury occurs to a bone, it can break, doesn’t matter whether it is the first time or the second. Our world is surrounded by a lot of myths and out of all, several are there in the medical niche as well. One of the misconceptions is that a bone once broken cannot get fractured again after healing has occurred. This is not true. The same bone can break many times if an injury occurs. The discussion in this post will only revolve around this myth.
Fractures are common as they can occur in people of all age groups. If we talk about the commonest causes, then traumatic injuries are the reasons behind the most fractures. Depending on the cause and location, fractures could be mild, moderate, or severe. In most cases, medication, rest, and or application of a cast may help relieve the condition but sometimes, surgery might be required.
So, when an injury occurs to a bone, it can break, doesn’t matter whether it is the first time or the second.
What’s About the Myth?
There is a myth that when a bone heals after suffering a fracture, it becomes stronger and denser. Hence, it cannot break again. While on the other hand, the truth is that a fractured bone after healing is neither stronger nor weaker, and if an injury occurs to it again, the bone will break. Let us take a look at how bone heals to nullify this misconception.
The Healing Process of a Bone
After an injury, a bone heals in three phases:
The Reactive Phase
This phase is characterized by swelling around the fracture site. The healing process starts at this phase where the callus is formed by the bone for the rebuilding process to start. This phase lasts for around 48 hours.
The Reparative Phase
This is the second stage in the bone rebuilding process in which the membrane that covers the fracture converts into bone and cartilage. This bridges the gap between the bone segments. The phase lasts for around 2-3 weeks after the fracture.
The Remodeling Phase
The third and last phase in the bone healing process is the remodeling phase. At this stage, the trabecular bone is replaced by a permanent bone. This process of replacement of a temporary bone with a permanent bone may take as low as 3 weeks to as long as 5 years. This depends upon the severity and location of the fracture.
This healing process generates bone with similar strength as before and there is no such evidence stating that the new bone formed will be much stronger and denser.
If you want to keep bone strong and minimize orthopedic conditions, take a calcium-rich diet, focus on doing strength training and weightlifting, and quit smoking.For the content source, contact Siora Surgicals Pvt. Ltd., an experienced orthopedic device manufacturer in India. The company serves around 130 national and international distributors and orthopedic surgeons. Siora is also known to be an active participant in various medical exhibitions that are organized around the world. FIME Trade Show is one of the medical expos where Siora exhibits every year. In 2022, booth G36 will be the location of the company at FIME