The proposed breakthrough method of treating fractures that do not require getting a cast

A quick and effective method of treatment of fractures with ultrasound presented by a group of scientists from Roditelskogo University and other scientific organizations. The results of the experiments on animals testify in favor of new technology that does not require getting a cast, it may be effective.

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Experts note that the fractures represent a frequently occurring phenomenon and, if the plaster was applied correctly, in most cases, over time the bone slowly but surely fused. Sometimes, however, this process still proceeds correctly and the bone tissue is not fully recovered or wrong — only in the United States, according to scientists, this happens about 100 thousand times a year. In this case, using artificial implants or donor bone, however, all these manipulations have drawbacks.

The new method is a process divided into several stages. Initially, between the fragments of the broken bone is placed into the collagen — a protein necessary for fusion of the tissues. Over the next two weeks in this area accumulate stem cells that mesh of collagen fibres “pulled” from the bones . Then with the help of special genes that guide this process, the stem cells formed bone tissue and the ultrasound and microbubbles are used by scientists in order to facilitate the penetration of the genetic material in the cell nucleus.

The technology was tested on pigs that received compound fractures, and the results obtained after eight weeks have been very promising. However, scientists remind us that experiments were conducted on young animals, while the technology, if its effectiveness is proven in the first place would be useful for the elderly. For this reason, in order to more clearly state that the proposed method is effective, will require additional experiments.

The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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