Healing Hope for Broken Bones

Medical science is perhaps a sector of extensive research and development. Every other news is coming about a new theory, invention, and discovery emerging as a milestone for treating diseases, accidents, injuries, and illness.

Treating Broken Bones

The Engineers (be corrected, Engineers NOT doctors) at the University of Connecticut are treating the broken bones. They are not using surgery, medicine, bandage, and plaster but electricity. The open secret is that minor fractures need no treatment but care alone. Sch fractures are prone to heal naturally. The severe bone breaks with a missing piece or badly torn bones need serious treatment like surgery, plaster, and other difficult methodologies.

Electrifying Broken Bones

Electric shocks are a proven treatment option in many medical cases, bone regeneration being one of them. Electric stimulation already found effective in treating breaking bones. The device for such treatment, however, was huge clumsy, needing installation and other prerequisites.

The New Hope

The Uconn team has developed a biodegradable polymer scaffold capable of generating a controlled electrical field to stimulate bone growth. It is a battery-less, remote-controlled electrical simulator. It consists of piezoelectric nanofibers acting as a scaffold. The scaffold is seeded with various stem cells. Then it is electrified by using an externally controlled ultrasound.

The current passed at a much smaller voltage only in a few millivolts. It creates the ultrasound vibrating the polymer scaffolding, that generates an electrical field. The device has been tested by influentially regenerating a skull bone in mice. The future holds the promise of applying this scaffold to humans. It needs a wave a wand over it a few times a day. Being biodegradable it needs no follow-up surgical procedure for removing the device. But be not in hurry to break your bones as it still is a matter of time.

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  • Urza Omar
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