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Invasive and Non-invasive Fracture Interventions

With aging, drastic changes to the neuro musculoskeletal system causes gradual decrease in the speed and strength of the muscle contractions and muscle activities. Our body posture will be affected making us stoop and bend forward, our backbone will be bent, back pain will be felt, and our actions will be limited and awkward. Although the elderly can continue performing their daily activities, a marked change in their pace and efficiency are observed since the muscles are not strong enough, and the bones are not as sturdy as it used to be. Inactivity promotes further weakening of the musculoskeletal system, but old people usually decide to lessen their physical activities since they grow tired easily. Usually, their weakened state and easily fatigued bodies mar their balance and falls and fractures are expected. The elderly are prone to fracture because of this. This article will tackle on the Invasive and Non-invasive fracture interventions.

In case of fracture occurrence, first aid must be rendered to prevent further injury. Fracture is very painful that is why the main goal is to immobilize the affected limb or body part by splinting to control the bleeding and prevent further impeding of the broken bone fragments to the surrounding area. Avoid edematous distal segment from developing by elevating the affected part carefully.

Diagnostic laboratory tests such as an X-ray will be ordered by an orthopedic doctor to further assess the condition of the fracture, diagnose it, and ultimately aid the surgeon in choosing the proper fracture management for the patient. Bone reparation is possible with the right fracture management implemented by the healthcare providers. There are non-invasive treatments such as casting and traction application for fracture. To treat fracture, reduction must be maintained, and immobilization and proper alignment of the affected part secured which will ensure right bone healing.

Orthopedic doctors constantly assess the progress of the bone healing, but if ever they deem the results are unsatisfactory, an operation is concluded. The surgical fracture repair procedures known and performed are Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) and Open Reduction and External Fixation (OREF). ORIF is a major operation done wherein the affected part or limb is incised to expose the broken bone fragments and internal fixators, usually titanium steels, plates, screws and nails, are used to maintain accurate reduction of the fracture and promote proper bone healing. Doctors most of the times perform minor operations such as traction attachment and casting. Reduction, alignment and rotation of the fracture ensures proper bone healing.

The high numbers of fracture cases among those who age above 50 only shows that old people really have high probability for fracture. Increasing number of cases are found regarding Fosamax, a bisphosphonate drug used to treat osteoporosis, and its alleged connection with atypical, low-impact femur fracture experienced by some patients. If you or your loved one suffered from femur fracture due to Fosamax use, you may want to talk to a reliable and effective Fosamax lawyer to help you get your Fosamax fracture lawsuit into motion.  Contact a Fosamax lawyer for free and learn more about Fosamax fracture lawsuit in Fosamax sites right now.

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