Every year in the US, approximately 1.5 million people will suffer a fracture due to bone disease. The risk of fracture increases as we age, and due to health problems like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, women are more likely to be affected. Age-related fractures are projected to increase nationally from 2.1 million in 2005 to over 3 million fractures in 2025.
Fractures are a common part of life, and many people suffer them due to labor-intensive jobs, sporting injuries, motor vehicle accidents, a slip or a fall, or even just plain bad luck. Although we can treat them quite well, fractures can be extremely painful and have long-lasting effects, including improperly-healed bones. As there are a number of endocannabinoid receptors (ECRs) in bones, they are a target for healing fractures and reducing chronic pain, as well as treating conditions like arthritis and sports-related injuries.
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