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If you’ve recently sustained an injury that required a cast, then you know the importance of healing to avoid complications. However, what do you need to know about your bone to make sure it heals properly?

This article will give some helpful tips on how to know if your broken bones are healing.

How Does a Broken Bone Heal?

A broken bone is a fracture, and fractures heal naturally without surgical intervention. The body works to restore the bone as it would any other tissue by reabsorbing cellular debris and triggering growth factors.

However, complications can arise without proper healing over time, such as nonunion (failure of two fragments of a broken bone to heal together), infection, or even delayed union (when the broken bone doesn’t heal completely).

Through ultrasound, X-rays, and MRI scans, doctors can evaluate whether the fracture has fully healed. If there are any signs that it hasn’t healed, then surgery may be necessary.

How Can You Tell If Your Broken Bone Is Healing?

  1. Pain Reduction

After a broken bone, you should expect some discomfort. However, if your pain level remains high while on painkillers or natural remedies, then it may be a sign that the fracture hasn’t healed properly.

  1. Mobility of the Limb

Many times, fractures cause immobility since the bone has been displaced from its proper position. If you’re moving your limb around and noticing that it is easier to do so, that is a good sign that the fracture has healed.

  1. Bone Scan

A bone scan can help determine if there are any signs of nonunion or delayed union. If it detects these issues, doctors can perform surgery to restore the bone’s function and appearance at the fracture site.

  1. Ultrasound

Ultrasounds are one of the best ways early on to detect whether or not there has been any displacement of the fractured bone. This is important because if the broken bone is not aligned correctly, it can heal at an angle where weight from the limb may cause future complications.

By considering your doctor’s advice, you can learn how to know your broken bone is healing correctly.