What Causes Broken Bones?
Broken bones can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose broken bones, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "broken bones" as a symptom. Here are five possibilities:
- Phosphorus Deficiency
- Poor Musculoskeletal Health
- Calcium Need
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
regular osmotic laxative use
caffeinated soft drink consumption
regular unexplained vomiting
loss of height
bone loss being controlled
low alcohol consumption
slight diffuse bone pain
history of stress fractures
... and more than 30 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of broken bones:
|Poor Musculoskeletal Health
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Skeletal Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about number of bones broken:
Have you ever broken any bones?
→ No / don't know
→ Three times
→ Four times or more
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of broken bones or history of many broken bones, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Patients may have thinning of the bones without symptoms, but with increased risk of fractures.
Phosphorus is just as important as calcium for building strong bones. If you suffer broken bones, this may indicate bone weakness that is due to mineral deficiencies.