Broken bones are a serious injury that can cause lasting and permanent damage. While broken bones can vary in severity, treatment options also vary depending on the injury. A victim of a fall, car crash or other accident may suffer a broken bone and it is important to see medical treatment and care as soon as possible. Fortunately, for victims of bone injuries, there are new medical advancements that can assist with diagnosis and treatment.
A broken bone can impact mobility and can require months of years of physical therapy to restore use. Our Charleston personal injury attorneys are experienced in helping victims of broken bones pursue treatment options and recover compensation for their injuries. We are experienced in helping victims of broken bones, ranging from stress fracture to severe open fractures.
A broken bone or fracture occurs when the physical force of impact or exertion is greater than the bone. The risk of a bone fracture can depend on age and other genetic variables. For example, women with osteoporosis may have a greater risk of bone injuries. Children are common victims of bone fractures and injuries because of sports and other accidents resulting from play. Older adults are also at a greater risk of bone fractures because bones become more brittle as we age.
Recent advancements in health technology allow for the redesign of a bone. New research combines 3D bone imagery with 3D models to develop an exoskeleton that would protect the bone against fractures. A researcher who had suffered a broken hand was looking for ways to protect and heal a fractured bone. His invention, known as "Cortex" provides support for a fracture or bone.
For many victims of bone injuries, recovery can be daunting. Most casts will be in place for at least 6 weeks, some longer for more severe bone injuries. This new technology could provide victims with additional support that will minimize recovery time and provide support long after a cast is removed. Primary researchers indicate that the Cortex shifts the pressure of the cast to where the bone is broken. Focusing on supporting the bone where it is actually broken eliminates the need for wrapping the entire limb in a heavy plaster or fiber glass cast.
Critics of heavy casts also find them wasteful and damaging to the environment. According to researchers who are developing Cortex for widespread use, the product is recyclable which will reduce the impact of medical waste. Developing Cortex uses high-tech 3D scans and prints to create a model for the cast. The combination of these scans produces a digital file which produces an "anatomically accurate cast" made from nylon straps.
The inventors assert that the Cortex cast will apply appropriate pressure to the point of fracture or injury. Using mechanisms of both medical technology and design, the researchers hope that new cast designs will be more appropriate for modern life. In addition to allowing for mobility, the nylon casts are strong, durable, and washable. They can also be worn under clothes, a convenience that is missed when forced to wear a large, bulky cast.