While the different systems of the body are often looked at as separate entities, we must remember that all parts of the body are interconnected to a level most of us can’t imagine. When one area of the body is affected, many areas of the body come into play, so when the body endures a bone fracture, it’s not just the bone that’s affected.
Bone fractures are defined as any break in your bone, usually caused by trauma (high force impact) or conditions that cause the bones to become weakened or brittle. There are many different kinds of bone fractures, some that require surgery or immediate medical attention and some that can heal on their own.
No matter what type of fracture has occurred, it can have an effect on your nerves. Nerves travel closely along the bones and joints in the body; therefore, nerve irritation due to a fracture is common. The nerves surrounding the area of trauma are usually part of the peripheral nervous system, or nerves that are outside of the brain and spinal cord.
The peripheral nervous system sends signals from the brain to your hands, feet, elbows, ribs, jaw, and pelvis. It also plays a role in your ability to balance. If a peripheral nerve is irritated, your balance will be off, especially in the dark or when looking at a dark color. This instability can lead to an increased risk of additional or repeated injuries. After the bone fracture itself is repaired, you must also be sure that the nerves around it are not in a state of distress. In addition, your peripheral nerve may have been irritated before your fracture, causing you to fall in the first place.
Autonomic Motor Nerve Reflex Testing (AMNRT) is a systematic, neurological approach to patient care that collects information from the body’s many reflexes (like the knee-jerk reflex) to examine the health of the peripheral nervous system. AMNRT testing and correction can be used to test nerves after a fracture. Once a diagnosis is made, treatments can begin to bring nerves out of distress mode, improving balance and reducing the risk of further injury.
Dr. Victor Romano states in his book, Find the Source: Maximizing Your Results—With and Without Orthopaedic Surgery, “AMNRT testing to find and correct the problem that caused the fall in the first place is essential in preventing future falls.” This is especially true in cases where the patient’s balance was off, to begin with, such as in the elderly and those with significant nerve dysfunction.
Furthermore, athletes are adept at compensating for nerve irritations; however, if those with a nerve irritation are going at top speed and misstep, they may not be able to recover quickly enough. This can result in an all-too-common, non-contact sports injury.
Dr. Romano always utilizes AMNRT techniques when diagnosing his patients because these techniques are proven and tap into the overall interconnectedness of the body’s intricate workings. Through these tests, Dr. Romano can successfully find the source of a patient’s issues rather than give a band-aid solution to treat symptoms. This, in turn, improves many aspects of a patient’s health rather than addressing just one or two obvious complaints.
If bone fractures or breaks and/or recurrent injuries are a part of your medical history, set up an appointment with Dr. Romano today. He can check your systems, work to alleviate any issues you’re having, and help you to avoid future injuries.
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