A non-union fracture occurs when a fracture fails to heal because of movement, poor blood supply or infection. It can take some fractures up to nine months to heal completely.
If the fracture doesn’t heal within this time period, treatment may be necessary. Bracing and electric stimulation are nonsurgical options. Surgery is often required to induce healing of these non-union fractures.
What are the signs and symptoms of a non-union fracture?
- Pain and swelling in the affected area
- Stiffness in the affected area
- Limited use of the affected area
- Inability to fully flex the affected joint