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Fracture Wrist - Hand

A fracture is another name for a break in the bone. There are 8 bones in the wrist joining the bones of the hand and arm, and these are held together by ligaments. The wrist joint is designed in such a way as to allow great flexibility and strength. This flexibility must be severely limited in order for your fracture to heal after a break, and often a plaster cast is required running from the hand to the elbow. As with most broken bones, once held immobile in a rigid plaster, the bone is capable of healing itself.

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Tags: Hands, Wrists, Fracture, Sports Injuries

Fracture - Knee

A fracture is another name for a break in the bone. There are 3 bones in the knee and these are held together by ligaments. The knee joint is designed in such a way as to allow great flexibility and strength. The leg bones themselves are capable of withstanding compression of a ton or more and the ligaments have half the tensile strength of steel. This strength and flexibility must be severely limited in order for your fracture to heal after a break, and often a plaster cast is required running from the thigh to the instep. As with most broken bones, once held immobile in a rigid plaster, the bone is capable of healing itself.

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Tags: Knees, Fracture, Muscle sprain or strain, Sports Injuries

Osteoporosis - Brittle Bone Disease

Osteoporosis is another name for brittle bone disease. For you bones to stay healthy they need among other things a plentiful supply of calcium and exercise. The calcium supply to the bones may be affected by a number of factors including a gene that is unable to efficiently process calcium, a biochemical change in your blood, a lack of exercise or taking certain medications. If the body is short of calcium it takes whatever it needs from the bones and leaves them short. As a result bones stop growing and they become brittle.

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Tags: Whole Body, Shoulder, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Back pain, Fracture, Osteoporosis

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