Bone cement is used to anchor artificial joints such as shoulder joints, knee joints, and elbow joints. It fills the gap between the bone and prosthesis, also plays important role of elastic zone. An orthopedic cast is a shell made up of plaster, which encases a limb to hold and stabilize anatomical structures such as a broken bone. Increasing joint problems due to aging population, increasing people suffering from obesity, development in healthcare sector, change in consumer preference towards non nutritious and junk food which leads to weaker bones; are few factors which are expected to drive orthopedic bone cement and casting materials market. Increasing number of accidents resulting in bone fractures are also expected to increase demand for orthopedic bone cement and casting materials. New product development, offering various benefits such as better fatigue, higher visibility on x-ray and drug reservoir, is also expected to drive this market.
The market can be classified according to the raw materials used in bone cement and in the cast. Bone cement consists of poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA), a stabilizer and an amorphous powder. In bone cement, acrylate based plastics are also used. Other materials used in bone cement include, calcium sulphate, coralline hydroxyapatite, and calcium phosphate cements. Materials used for making bone cements should not degrade when biological environment changes due to the possibility of its detrimental effect in fractured area. Casts are made up of fibreglass or plaster with cotton embedded in it which provides padding around bones. Plaster bandages are made up of cotton bandages along with plaster of paris. Bandages of thermoplastic and knitted fibreglass bandages infused with polyurethane are also used these days. Casts are available in various designs and lengths which are suitable for specific area of application.
By region, orthopedic bone cement and casting material market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and RoW. Developing countries in Asia Pacific such as India and China are expected to be high potential market due to presence of untapped opportunities and aging population. Countries such as Brazil, Russia, South America, India and China are expected to be regions with high opportunity sue to lack of healthcare infrastructure and large number of under-served patients.
Key players in orthopedic bone cement and casting materials market are DePuy Companies, 3M Health Care Ltd., Stryker Corporation, Biomet, Inc., Smith & Nephew Plc., Exactech, Inc., Zimmer Holdings, Inc., Orthofix International N.V and BSN medical GmbH.
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