Pusedoarthrosis is a fracture healing disorder where the bones take twice as long to heal after a fracture. The condition is characterized by the body’s inability to self-heal even after a standard amount of time. This can lead to many complications that reduce the quality of life for the patient.
Certain conditions need to be met to ensure proper recovery after a fracture. The deposition of calcium and the solidification of bone tissue at the fracture site is essential for a successful recovery. For the formation of these fibroid structures, it is necessary to ensure the fixation of bone fragments and limited motion. Good bone nutrition and proper vascular supply are also essential to proper recovery.
There are specific sites in the body where this condition might occur. Areas with lower vascular supply are more likely to show signs of Psudoarthrosis. Individual patients may also show signs of Psudoarthrosis if they’re not receiving the proper nutrition necessary for bone recovery. Forms of fixation such as plasters may not be effective in these cases as the body does not have the raw materials required to ensure proper regrowth of the bones. Changes in the diet may help in such cases.
A common form of pseudoarthrosis is lumbar pseudoarthrosis. Failure in spine surgery can lead to the formation of nonunion sites in the spinal column. Nonunion refers to the body’s permanent inability to heal or fuse broken bone material back together without external medical intervention. Typically, during spine fusion, the vertebrae fuse over a recovery period of 3-6 months after the surgery. In certain patients, however, this may not occur even after an extended period. Nonunion in the spine after surgery is a serious issue. It appears due to extended separation between the vertebrae and reduced blood flow at the site that makes a recovery impossible. Certain patients may be at a higher risk of developing Psuedoarthrosis. These include smokers and tobacco users, older people, patients with diabetes, or severe anemia. Patients consuming NAIDS are also at a higher risk, along with individuals with poor diets. Diets low in protein, calcium, vitamin C, and D are non-conducive to bone recovery.
Psuedoarthrosis is a complex issue that is often hard to diagnose or understand. A doctor may request imaging scans to investigate the condition better. Depending on factors such as age, sex, nutrition, and level of activity, changes may be required to ensure the fracture site’s good recovery. Changes in the fixation method may help increase blood supply and provide proper support and stability for the creation of fibroid structures. Medical procedures involving revitalization of the bones, bone transfer, adjustment of the blood supply in the area, or spongioplasty may also be necessary.