The pain. The swelling. The discomfort. If you are suffering from a broken bone, chances are you would do just about anything to decrease your healing time and get back to your old ways. Although wishing on a shooting star may not do the trick, there are a few things you can try at home to aid in fracture care and help your broken bone heal faster.
5 Tips to Promote Healing:
- Eat, Eat, Eat Clean: Did you know that the body needs the proper fuel to mend a broken bone? In fact, studies have shown that in some cases an upwards of 6,000 calories a day is needed to provide the body with enough energy to heal. However, chowing down on junk food isn’t going to help. The body needs protein, antioxidant-rich foods, vitamin E, vitamin C, lycopene, and alpha lipoic and more to enhance its healing powers. Stock up on healthy items such as broccoli and spinach. When it comes to fracture care, eating right goes a long way.
- Take a Daily Multivitamin: As stated above, there are many important vitamins needed to enhance your body’s healing powers. Taking a daily multivitamin can aid in getting you the zinc, phosphorus, copper, silicon, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, and B6 needed for strong bone development. Each vitamin serves a unique purpose. For example, vitamin K is known for binding calcium to the bone and for also helping with proper formation of osteocalcin bone protein. Always be sure to check with your doctor before beginning a vitamin regimen.
- Avoid Alcohol and Cigarettes: It is no secret that alcohol and cigarettes aren’t great for your health. However, when healing from a fracture, these items can actually slow down the healing process. How do they do this? Well, not only do both smoking and drinking limit the amount of oxygen in your blood, they have also been linked to a delay in the cartilage forming phase of fracture healing. Therefore, the first step in fracture care is to put away the ash tray and pour yourself a nice non alcoholic beverage.
- Get Proper Exercise: Although it may be the last thing you want to do, exercise plays an important role in fracture care. Although you don’t necessarily want to move the fractured bone (it is set to ensure proper alignment when healing), exercising adjacent muscles is key. By exercising the adjacent muscles, oxygen-enriched blood is forced to the healing area, which can speed up the healing process.
- Follow Instructions: Believe it or not, most often doctors know what they are talking about. When they provide instructions for fracture care, it is important to follow their advice. For example, if they tell you to avoid lifting with the injured appendage, then avoid lifting. Their instructions are there to promote healing and although sometimes the instructions may seem unnecessary, they really do have your best interests in mind.
If you are suffering from a fracture, sometimes the only cure is time. Give your body time to heal and you should be back to new before you know it.
If you have suffered an injury and possible fracture, schedule an appointment with South Shore Orthopedics today. Our highly trained team of experts specialize in fracture care and will provide the help you need to get back to your life, pain free.