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could all fractures repair themselves?

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Dr. Milan Sen
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
NO: While the body has the potential to heal all fractures - barring any metabolic problem or infection - there are many factors to consider. Some fracture patterns are too unstable to heal without treatment, and some areas have such poor blood supply that healing is unlikely without some type of intervention. These are just a few examples. Your orthopod should be able to guide your treatment.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
NO: Most but not all. Make sure you are examined by an MD for fracture
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Nonunion: A fracture that fails to heal in a reasonable amount of time is called a nonunion.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if not, please describe which fractures cannot be repaired physiologically. Then explain how these fractures can be repaired?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
All fx have ability: To heal, as the body has the potential to fix its own problems. Issues occur with the position or alignment when such fx's heal. Deformities develop or the function is affected (though the bone has healed, eg, so crooked that optimal motion is lost or strength cannot be regained), which causes arthritis. We surgeons try to fix the fx to minimize these deformities ; to optimize the function.

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