Ever wondered what happens when you break a bone? Obviously it hurts and involves visits to doctors, hospitals and maybe even giving an accident solicitors in Helston a call. But have you ever stopped to think what happens to the bone and how it heals?
Step 1. Inflammation
In some cases inflammation is a bad thing in others it isn’t and broken bones are one of these. When a bone breaks the white cells take over and move in as cleaners to clear the damaged tissue in the area. This causes inflammation as the blood supply increases but it also creates new cells and starts the first part of the healing process.
Step 2. Making a soft callus
This stage is caused by dividing blood cells near the break itself. As a result the body starts to build cartilage around the fracture that creates a little bridge across the gap.
Stage 3. The hard callus
Over time the body transforms the soft callus into a hard one and its this more solid substance that will eventually complete the repair process. It is not always smooth and often broken bones repair with bumps and ridges in them and this area is generally stronger than the original bone. These bumps and ridges can be seen clearly on x-rays a few weeks into the healing process.
Stage 4. Remodelling
This is the stage that completes the transformation of the hard callus into a continuous extension of the existing bone. This is the part that can take the longest as the bone will strengthen as circulation in the area improves.
Ways of treating a broken bone
If you are lucky your bone will just need setting in plaster of paris. The broken ends will be matched together and the plaster immobilises them allowing the calcification process to begin. If you are unlucky you may well need the help of steel pins and plates and may need an operation in for future to ensure the bone has set properly.
Ultrasound waves help encourage bone growth in reluctant cases and if someone has been in a cast for a lengthy period of time they may well need therapy to help rebuild their wasted muscles when it is removed.
Accident solicitors in Helston
If your broken bone was caused by an accident that was not your fault then one of the accident solicitors in Helston would be able to help you fight your cause for compensation. While you are sitting and waiting to heal why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call; the first call is a free of charge no obligation chat with a trained advisor who can give you advice on how to proceed with your claim and what to expect. If you are looking for accident solicitors in Helston give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 29th May 2013