Bones are the skeletal frame that support the body of both humans and animals. Human bones are for ever developing during the growing years of a human, and when the growing stops, there are many factors that affect the human bone's ability to mend when broken.
The ribs will heal with time, and when broken, a way to ensure that the bones mend to their best ability is to firstly take the rest that you need to get over the initial shock, then making sure that your calcium levels are sufficient for the healing to take place by blood test, a human is able to work out the best way forward for healing. Ribs will heal generally on their own, growing and building back together, although they do need help. What fixes calcium to bones during injury is Vitamin D and ensuring that the body has sufficient of this essential vitamin can mean that the bone will heal quicker.
LEGS, WRISTS AND ARMS
Broken bones in legs need time to set the bones back together, and the fusing action may be encouraged by putting that part of the body into a plaster to prevent excess movement which will impede the healing process of the bone. Healing times in younger people is quicker because the bone regeration is swifter in a growing person than it is in older people, who may need the encouragement of additional Vitamins and calcium.
As a general rule, through the ages until menopause, bone will restructure itself. Of course, there will be exceptions to the rule where metal plates have to be inserted instead of bone, and bone transplant will be needed, although generally the bone's capability to heal is amazing, the only help needed being in understanding the amount of restriction of movement required and the added vitamins that may speed recovery.
Osteoporosis or a thinning of bones lead to fracture and delicacy of bone structure, although even here the healing process can really be helped by the intake of calcium, Vitamin D, but also medicines that help the calcium stick to the bones and make them heal and grow more dense, but exercise plays a huge part in the fixing process. Here, the bone on its own cannot heal itself, and does need human help and co-operation.
Bones to a certain extent will regenerate. In some illnesses known to mankind, they over compensate and produce bones that are too large in structure and cause deformity simply because the message to stop growing isn't getting through, and although these cases are rare, they demonstrate that nature hasn't totally got the healing process in check.
In normal healthy people, bones are replenished and will develop and continue to grow and thrive, healing small fractures on their own, simply based on patient intake of correct diet, and associated attention being paid to exercise.
In all cases where bone healing is needed, do seek the advice of professionals and do not delay, since healing in damaged or osteoporosis damaged bone is over a lengthy period, and the early tackled the easier the job for the body to mend.