When I broke my radius and didn’t catch it for 6 weeks, the ulna ended up with a very pronounced callus as new bone began forming. It went away almost as quickly once the radius was fixed, and taking up its share of the load. This callus is shown in my photos (the first x-ray with a round field of view.)[/quote]
Fascinating pictures. Thanks for posting them.
It’s extremely interesting to see how fast the callus shrank between March 05 and Oct 05.
Was the callus pure cortical bone?
What’s the deal with the tuberosity on the inner side of the radius (the bump that the fracture appears to run through on the March 05 x-ray)? Was that purely extra bone that your body created during the six weeks that you walked around with the fracture?
- Woo, S., Kuei, S., Amiel, D., Gomez, M., Hayes, W., White, F. et al. (1981). The effect of prolonged physical training on the properties of long bone: a study of Wolff’s Law. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 63(5), 780-7.
Terrific article. Thanks for citing it. In case anyone is interested, I found it on the web for free at the following address:
This study is concerned with adaptation to running 40 kilometers per week on a treadmill, which might be different from lifting heavy weights a few dozen times per day. Also I’m not sure whether the article’s methodology was capable of discerning changes in the structure of trabeculae. So that might be two factors, at least, that are relevant to this discussion but not settled very well by the article.
(This isn’t a criticism of the article or of your citing it – it’s a great article.)