Sooner on your feet after hip fracture
A study published in the Journal of Bone Joint Surgery, that has been carried out across 17 countries, and was conducted by a pharmaceuticals company with the participation of researchers from the company, hospitals and universities discovered that an already available drug can help patients get back on their feet more rapidly after a hip fracture, according to an international study. The results suggest that treatment with the drug accelerates the healing process in broken bones.
The drug tested by the researchers, Teriparatide, is based on a naturally occurring hormone, parathyroid hormone (PTH). Teriparatide is the active ingredient in human PTH and is currently used to treat osteoporosis (brittle bones). The hormone influences bone structure.
Bones contain both cells that break down bone and cells that create new bone. This hormone stimulates both types, but it has a greater effect on the cells that create new bone, and the skeleton is thus made stronger.
This study shows clearly that treatment with PTH accelerates the healing process of fractures in such a manner that patients benefit from it. They are able to function better after six weeks and after three months.
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