Pseudoarthrosis and How to Treat It

Without the correct treatment, pseudoarthrosis causes chronic pain and limits the mobility of the affected area. It can also lead to visible deformities that disrupt normal limb function and increase the risk of additional fractures.

In this post, we will explain what pseudoarthrosis is, its symptoms, and how to prevent any complications in a timely manner.

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What Is Pseudoarthrosis?

What Is Pseudoarthrosis?

Pseudoarthrosis is a condition in which a fractured bone does not heal properly and does not fuse correctly. In other words, it is a fracture that does not heal without medical intervention because the body does not attempt to join the bone fragments. This condition can occur in both children and adults.

Types of Pseudoarthrosis

There are different types of pseudoarthrosis, which are classified based on their origin and characteristics.

Atrophic Pseudoarthrosis

It is characterized by a lack of bone formation at the fracture site, which may be associated with poor blood supply to the bone or a decrease in bone cell production.

Tipos De Pseudoartrosis

Hypertrophic Pseudoarthrosis

In this type, there is excessive bone formation at the fracture site. This may be due to an exaggerated response of the body to attempt to repair the fracture.

Infectious Pseudoarthrosis

It occurs when an infection is present at the fracture site, making proper bone healing challenging.

Congenital Pseudoarthrosis

It is a condition present from birth and is specifically due to abnormalities in bone development.

Causes of Pseudoarthrosis

Pseudoarthrosis can result from any of the following situations:

High-Impact Injuries

Fractures caused by severe injuries such as car accidents can pose a higher risk of pseudoarthrosis due to damage to the blood supply to the fractured bone.

Systemic Factors

Some systemic diseases such as diabetes, tuberculosis, and hypothyroidism tend to increase the risk of pseudoarthrosis.

Local Factors

Both the location and type of fracture can influence bone healing. For example, open fractures (with exposed skin) may have a higher risk of pseudoarthrosis.

Symptoms of Pseudoarthrosis

The symptoms of pseudoarthrosis largely depend on the type and location of the fracture.

However, the most common signs in these cases are: Lack of mobility in the affected area, even after the expected recovery period.

Persistent pain in the fracture area.

Sensation of clicking or movement of the bones in the affected area.

In some cases, there may be redness or swelling at the fractured site.

Individuals with infectious pseudoarthrosis may experience febrile episodes.

Causas De La Pseudoartrosis

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Non-Surgical Treatment for Pseudoarthrosis

Non-surgical treatment for pseudoarthrosis may include:

Bone Stimulation

The specialist may use an external bone stimulator to promote fracture healing. This device emits electromagnetic waves or ultrasound pulses that stimulate cell activity and new bone tissue formation.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a significant role in the treatment of pseudoarthrosis. Exercises and rehabilitation techniques can help strengthen the surrounding muscles, improve mobility, and promote healing.

urgical Treatment for Pseudoarthrosis

When conservative treatment does not yield the desired results, one of the following surgical procedures may be considered:

Reduction and Internal

Fixation This procedure involves realigning bone fragments and securing them in place using plates, screws, or nails. Internal fixation provides stability and allows the bones to fuse correctly.

Bone Graft

In certain situations, it may be necessary to use a bone graft to stimulate fracture healing. The bone graft can come from the patient themselves (autograft) or from external sources (allograft).

Dr. Rebollón can offer you treatment options

that will alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Don't suffer in silence!

Dr Carlos Rebollon 2022
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