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non-union fracture

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  • Posted By: Sarahm151
  • March 18, 2010
  • 05:53 PM

I broke my arm in half and in after falling 25ft off of a snowboarding jump in the park. I had a plate put in my arm with 12 screws. I worked very hard and I have full range of motion. Something my doc said I would never have. Well he clear me to use my arm and I was playing tennis and ended up breaking my screws and finding out that I had a non-union fracture 7 months later. My doc said he was sorry but he cleared me too soon. I am a very healthy 22y old girl. I don't smoke or drink. I am on the smaller side at only 5'3 107lbs, and I love sports. They gave me a bone stimulator but I didn't see a difference after 2 months of using it. I looked all over the web and learned about using a bone marrow injection to heal non-union fractures. I took the info to my doc and he said that he didn't know much about it but he would give it a try. Less then a week later they put me out and took a small amount of bone marrow from my hip bone using a large needle and I think the drilled a small hole first. Then injected it in my arm.When I woke up it was not very painful and the scar on my hip is the size of a little pen mark. 2 weeks later I had a x-ray and it was like magic. My fracture had healed so much. Within 6 weeks after having the injection my arm was 100% healed. I have Kasier and they cover the costs of the injection. I am so thankful to have my arm back.:) I hope this helps you.

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