Wolff's Law



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Wolff's Law:A 19th century theory developed by German anatomist Julius Wolff. Wolff's law states that the remodeling and growth of bones is dependent on the mechanical loads placed on them, specifically the magnitude and direction of the forces applied.

The three main principles of the law are:

  • reduced stress to the bone reduces tissue formation
  • the more stress placed on the bone the stronger it becomes
  • this increased stress can increase bone density or bone size and shape (to a lesser extent than density)

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