Healing Hope for Broken Bones
Medical science is perhaps a sector of extensive research. Every other day, the news is pouring in about a new theory, invention, and discovery emerging as a milestone for treating diseases, accidents, injuries, and illnesses.
Treating Broken Bones
The Engineers (it is Engineers NOT doctors) at the University of Connecticut are treating the broken bones. They are not using the surgery, medicine, bandage, and plaster but the electricity. The open secret is that minor fractures need no treatment but care alone. Sch fractures are prone to heal naturally. The severe breaks with a missing piece or badly torn of bones, need acute therapy like surgery, plaster, and other complicated methodologies.
Electrifying Broken Bones
Electric shocks are a proven treatment option in many medical cases, bones regeneration being one of them. The electrical stimulation already found effective in treating breaking bones. However, the device for such treatment was clumsy and big, 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 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, which generates an electrical field.
The device has been tested initially to regenerate 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 a hurry to break your bones as it still is a matter of time.
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