Number Of Bones Broken

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.

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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
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Calcium Need
  • Poor Musculoskeletal Health

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:
a few loose teeth
history of stress fractures
being fatigued
slight diffuse bone pain
moderate alcohol consumption
recent onset nausea
soft drink consumption
coffee consumption
being postmenopausal
brittle fingernails
shoulder tightness
no dark leafy greens consumption
... 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:
Cause Probability Status
Hyperparathyroidism 95% Confirm
Phosphorus Deficiency 27% Unlikely
Poor Musculoskeletal Health 5% Ruled out
Calcium Need 3% Ruled out
Osteoporosis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Once
→ Twice
→ 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:
Hyperparathyroidism

Patients may have thinning of the bones without symptoms, but with increased risk of fractures.

Phosphorus Deficiency

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.

Poor Musculoskeletal Health

A history of many broken bones can indicate problems such as Osteoporosis and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.  These disorders directly impact the health of the bones and will therefore affect musculoskeletal health.

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