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Slow healing bone

Posted by on May. 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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My 12 year old, active, healthy son fractured his foot 6 weeks ago.  We were told "3-6 weeks and you'll be good as new."  Yesterday, the ortho surgeon saw virtually no healing after 6 weeks in a cast.  He wants to "wait and see" another 6 weeks.

Any ideas on why a healthy growing boy wouldn't heal?  He has been taking calcium supplements.

by on May. 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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mp3mom
by on May. 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Hi, I found a site with some info:http://www.hughston.com/hha/a.fracture.htm

kryptomom
by on May. 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Thanks.  This does help. 

The dr is already referring to this as a delayed union.  It's frustrating because my son is so healthy otherwise.

Quoting mp3mom:

Hi, I found a site with some info:http://www.hughston.com/hha/a.fracture.htm


mp3mom
by on May. 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I'm sorry you're both going through this. I'm glad it helped :)

Quoting kryptomom:

Thanks.  This does help. 

The dr is already referring to this as a delayed union.  It's frustrating because my son is so healthy otherwise.

Quoting mp3mom:

Hi, I found a site with some info:http://www.hughston.com/hha/a.fracture.htm



cleanaturalady
by on May. 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I don't know.  I would definitely be asking the doctor some questions. 

Alyson121
by Alyson on May. 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I just did a search on Dr. Mercola's site.  There's tons of great info there.  Try natural vitamin D, may your son is really lacking it (as most of us are).  Here's the article. 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/02/28/the-light-that-makes-your-bones-stronger.aspx

"New research confirms that vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) -- and therefore exposure to sunlight -- is essential for maximizing your bone health, and for preventing and treating a variety of bone diseases.

Vitamin D3 enhances your intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphorus. The major source of vitamin D3 is exposure of your skin to sunlight, since very few foods naturally contain vitamin D3 or are fortified with vitamin D3 (most foods are fortified with the less effective vitamin D2).

But vitamin D deficiency is pandemic, and can cause osteopenia, osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Unlike osteoporosis, osteomalacia causes aching bone pain, and is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndrome or even depression. Vitamin D deficiency also causes muscle weakness, which can increase your risk of falls and fractures.

Adequate vitamin D levels can be sustained by getting sensible sun exposure or ingesting at least 800-1000 IU of vitamin D3 daily."

e-doolittle
by Kelly on May. 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Here's a bump. Another six weeks seems an awful long time to wait and see.
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LindaClement
by on May. 16, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Calcium supplements don't heal bone.

It may be that your son is not as active as 'average' so his healing is slower. Bones heal much, much faster when the muscles and ligaments around them are challenged. The worst thing possible is too much rest.

darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 16, 2012 at 5:46 AM

Yep, I agree!

Quoting e-doolittle:

Here's a bump. Another six weeks seems an awful long time to wait and see.


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