Effective Measures for Preventing Fracture Complications

Although most fractures heal without any challenges, fracture-related complications such as non-union, delayed union, etc., can occur in some patients.9 For more information, consult your healthcare provider. 

Bone stimulator attached to forearm

Bone Growth Stimulators

Electrical stimulations may help in early healing by acting as a bone growth stimulator. However, further research is required for the widespread use of these devices.1

Bone X-ray showing implants

Correct Implant Material

Choosing the correct implants is crucial for successful fracture healing. Incorrect implant material or placement can lead to bone defects and prevent fracture healing.3 
To know more about implant properties, and its safe and effective use, please talk to your treating doctor.

A bone graft outside a container

Bone Grafts

Bone grafts are used when the bones do not heal correctly after a fracture. These bone grafts can be taken from the patient (autograft) or a donor (allograft).4

Ankle with an external fixation device

Fracture Fixation

Certain fractures can be treated with external or internal fixation. Fixators such as metal screws, pins, nails, rods, etc., can help stabilize the fractured bone and reduce the risk of malunion or non-union complications.5

Multiple tablets, capsules & injections

Be Cautious About Steroid Intake

Corticosteroids can reduce bone formation by interfering with the bone-forming process.6 

Man smoking a cigarette

Avoid Smoking

Smoking can increase the risk of bone complications, such as delayed union or non-union fractures, and slow down healing.7 Hence, giving up smoking may help prevent bone loss.8

A variety of fruits

Intake Of a Well-balanced Diet

Vitamin D and calcium are crucial for bone health. Hence, eating a well-balanced diet can be beneficial. Elderly patients may require dietary supplements to achieve adequate amounts of nutrients.8 

Bone Mineral Density Machine

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Test

Bone mineral density (BMD) test helps determine bone density or bone mass. This test can help you understand your bone condition and detect osteoporosis.