Fractures that fail to heal properly often cause long-term disability, but new cell-based therapies may help.
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Non-union bone fracture
Nature Outline: Non-union bone fracture
Bone fractures that fail to heal with conventional treatment are known as non-union bone fractures. They cause prolonged pain and disability. Work is under way to improve the success rate of surgical repair and to accelerate the bone-healing process.
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A bone fracture that fails to heal after initial treatment can lead to prolonged disability. Regenerative therapies might help to restart the bone-healing process, getting the people affected back in action.