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What complications can lead to a delay in bone fracture healing?

Many incidents can lead to a broken bone, but sometimes there is a delay in healing because of underlying problems. Factors that can affect healing include smoking, infection, diabetes and Charcot. Smoking has been shown to delay the fracture healing process.1

All of these factors can determine whether a bone will heal normally. EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is shown to heal indicated* fractures 38%2,3 faster and has a high heal rate of 86%4 for non-unions.*

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  1. Cook SD, Ryaby JP, McCabe J, Frey JJ, Heckman JD, Kristiansen TK. Acceleration of tibial and distal radius fracture healing in patients who smoke. Clin Orthop. 1997; 337:198-207.
  2. Heckman JD, Ryaby JP, McCabe J, Frey JJ, Kilcoyne RF. Acceleration of tibial fracture-healing by non-invasive low-intensity pulsed ultrasound. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1994;76(1):26-34.
  3. Kristiansen TK, Ryaby JP, McCabe J, Frey JJ, Roe LR. Accelerated healing of distal radial fractures with the use of specific, low-intensity ultrasound. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1997;79(7):961-973.
  4. Nolte PA, van der Krans A, Patka P, Janssen IM, Ryaby JP, Albers GH. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound in the treatment of nonunions. J Trauma. 2001;51(4):693-703.