Your body is typically able to repair fractures over time after the bone has been set and secured in place. A non-union fracture occurs when the bone is not healing on its own because your body’s natural healing agents are not strong enough to affect healing of the bone. In such cases, an invasive surgical intervention is often recommended to remove damaged tissue and immobilize the site with screws or plates.
Osteonecrosis / Avascular Necrosis
Avascular necrosis (AVN) or Osteonecrosis is death of bone tissue that occurs when healthy stem cells in a bone die off, become sick, or are too few in number to keep up with normal wear and tear. The single most common cause of osteonecrosis is use of oral steroids like Prednisone that in high doses stunt your body’s natural healing ability. While oral steroids can reduce swelling, they are frequently given in such high doses that they can cause cells that help to maintain your bone to actually die off or become stunned.
Disorders of the TMJ caused by car accidents, muscular imbalance, braces, or other dental work are particularly challenging and often treatment options are no better than at-home remedies. Common treatment ranges from electric nerve stimulation to trigger point injections and acupuncture, but these methods treat the symptoms and not the underlying problem. Jaw surgery and jaw replacement can result in lengthy rehab, immobility, and further jaw or nerve damage. Regenexx invented a non-surgical procedure that uses your body’s natural healing agents to treat TMJ pain and dysfunction.