• Question: how does your bones when they are broken heal

    Asked by candy90090 to David, James, Mike, Suze, Will on 21 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: James Marrow

      James Marrow answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      New bone cells grow to join up the broken pieces. One of the most exciting areas of biomedical materials science is making “bone scaffolds” – these are structures that encourage new bone cells to grow and can be used to produce new bones, not just mend broken ones.

    • Photo: Mike Dodd

      Mike Dodd answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      I actually didn’t know this answer. But this website has a really good description:

    • Photo: William Eborall

      William Eborall answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      I’ve just read that page too Mike. I’m amazed how long the process takes as don’t you usually only have the cast on (for a simple break) for a couple of months?

    • Photo: Suze Kundu

      Suze Kundu answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      The boys are right, but Will, bones are amazing at trying to heal really fast. Sometimes, with bad breaks, or breaks where the person doesn’t realise it’s broken, the ones start to heal but in the wrong place, so they are jagged, and (AWFUL THOUGHT!) they need to be re-broken in order to be reset correctly and put into a cast.

      Makes me shiver thinking about it! As it one break isn’t bad enough, having a doctor do it all over again…!