Are There Ways to Speed Up Bone Healing?

There are several ways you may speed up the process of bone healing. Let’s take a look at the remedies that may speed up your bone healing.

Do exercise, don’t smoke

Once your doctor clears you to put your body weight on the area or limb that was broken, you’re ready for some exercise. Exercise improves blood flow to the injured site. Besides that, exercise helps to rebuild the muscles around the injury. Always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding rest and physical movement, to avoid any problems in healing.47

Smoking during the healing process may delay bone healing.10,47

Professional healthcare methods to speed up bone healing
Physical therapy is often recommended at the final stage of your road to full recovery.

Physical therapy helps you in lots of ways, but most importantly it helps you:43

  • Reduce stiffness
  • Strengthen weakened muscles
  • Improve your range of motion
  • Reduce pain
  • Improve the function of your body affected by the fracture

All of these benefits can be a result of the exercises you will perform with a physiotherapist.

Bone stimulators such as EXOGEN
Some fractures are frustratingly slow to heal on their own. EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is an option that helps promote faster bone healing. This system uses safe, low-intensity ultrasound waves to amplify the natural bone healing process.
In clinical trials, EXOGEN’s Ultrasound Bone Healing System accelerated the time to heal certain bone fractures by 38% and promoted bone healing in 86% of nonunion fractures.*1-3

Daily treatment with EXOGEN amplifies your natural bone healing by three actions:

1. Stimulation36
EXOGEN sends ultrasound waves through the skin, creating movement that stimulates your body’s cells.

2. Activation37
EXOGEN ultrasound activates cells in your body.

3. Upregulation38
Upregulation is increased by EXOGEN ultrasound waves that increase factors that help jump-start your body to heal your fracture.

*No major complications or adverse effects were reported during these trials.
In vitro performance may not be indicative of performance in humans.

Summary of Indications for Use

The EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System is indicated for the non-invasive treatment of established nonunions* excluding skull and vertebra. The EXOGEN device has also been reported as effective as an adjunctive non-invasive treatment of established nonunions in patients:

  • With internal or external fracture fixation hardware present. EXOGEN cannot penetrate metal and therefore should not be applied directly over hardware.
  • Undergoing treatment for infection at the fracture site. EXOGEN is not intended to treat the infection.
  • Believed to have diminished bone quality. EXOGEN is not intended to treat diminished bone quality.

In addition, EXOGEN is indicated for accelerating the time to a healed fracture for fresh, closed, posteriorly displaced distal radius fractures and fresh, closed or Grade I open tibial diaphysis fractures in skeletally mature individuals when these fractures are orthopedically managed by closed reduction and cast immobilization.

There are no known contraindications for the EXOGEN device. Safety and effectiveness have not been established for individuals lacking skeletal maturity, pregnant or nursing women, patients with cardiac pacemakers, on fractures due to bone cancer, or on patients with poor blood circulation or clotting problems. Some patients may be sensitive to the ultrasound gel.

*A nonunion is considered to be established when the fracture site shows no visibly progressive signs of healing.

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