Orthopedic bone cement and casting materials can be broadly classified on the basis of the ingredient materials. These may include cotton, fiberglass, plaster, thermoplastic, and polyurethane among others. Materials such as acrylate based plastics, ceramics, calcium sulfate, and calcium phosphate are gaining in terms of popularity as they do not degrade with changes in the environment, which prevents inadvertent damage to the areas of the fracture.
Bone cement and casting materials assist in maintaining the alignment of the bone and boosts immobilization and stability till complete healing is achieved. These materials should also be resistant to shocks and impacts with the objective of safeguarding bone implants.
Rising incidences of joint related ailments, poor lifestyle and dietary habits are leading to greater rates of weaker bones, thereby increasing the scope of applications for orthopedic bone cement and casting materials. Other key factors that are expected to impact the growth of the market may include:
- Sports injuries and trauma cases are anticipated to be the primary causes behind the application of bone cement and casting materials. This is particularly true of joint arthoplasty procedures that are expected to provide the most lucrative opportunities for growth in the near future for most market players.
- Major market players are focusing increasingly on customer centric approaches, which coupled with the development of new channels of distribution are expected to generate new avenues of growth, with direct delivery to consumers, which allows end users to view the different options at the same time, minimizing cost and time needed for the process.
- An increasing number of relevant health care practitioners are opting to use bone cement and casting materials for the process of setting bones instead of making use of conventional surgical treatment options, which will play a major role in the growth of the global market in the years ahead.
The ever expanding population of geriatrics go through numerous incidences of ailments such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, and other knee and spinal issues, which is encouraging manufacturers to develop new materials and methods of administration, that provides new unexplored opportunities of growth.
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