Read the previous blog post of this 2-part series: Fracture Recovery: 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1/2)
7. Can a fracture heal without plaster?
The answer is yes and no. If you are at a very young age, below 6 years of age, your bones will heal without any plaster or surgery. This happens because the body’s healing mechanism is very strong in younger people, and it fuses the fracture on its own.
But in older people above the age of 50, the healing mechanism becomes weak. It does not respond to fractures as well as it used to do during youth. This is why, in older people, if the fracture is not given proper treatment, it will not heal on its own.
8. Which food is best for bone fracture?
There are many food items you can eat to speed fracture recovery. The focus should be on nutrient intake. Here are some of the items you should include in your daily diet:
- Calcium and vitamin D: Milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables, fish, soy milk and soybeans, tofu, nuts, tofu, broccoli, and orange juice.
- Protein: Meat, dairy products, and poultry fish.
- Vitamin C: Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit; strawberries; melons; cantaloupe; kiwi fruit; tomatoes; potatoes with skin; red peppers; broccoli; Brussels sprouts.
- Vitamin K: Spinach, kale, and collard greens; cabbage; Brussels sprouts; cauliflower.
9. Does sleep help heal broken bones?
There’s no evidence that sleep speeds the fracture recovery process. But then this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t get the needed rest or that you should de-prioritize sleep. Sleep is important for your overall health.
10. Does drinking water help heal broken bones?
While it may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you are healing a broken bone, drinking plenty of water can actually speed up your recovery time. Water helps your body to flush out toxins and waste products, which will reduce swelling around the affected area and help to prevent infection.
11. Should you massage fractures?
When you get an injury, inflammation occurs as a part of the healing process. There’s a lot of bleeding in the area and swelling occurs. If there is swelling, it’s usually best to wait for this to go down before getting a massage. You can use ice packs and compression to reduce swelling.
Once the swelling has gone down, a massage can be done daily or every few days until there is a full range of motion again. If you’re confused and don’t know if you should be massaging the affected area, consult the best bone doctor in Kolkata.
12. Is heat or cold better for broken bones?
If the fracture is fresh, there may be inflammation. The treatment for fresh fractures is ice and elevation.
Heat should never be applied to a fresh injury. This can cause vasodilation (expansion of blood vessels) that increases bleeding and swelling. Blood flow and pressure in the injured tissue is often already high due to trauma, so anything that increases it further can make the swelling worse.
Injuries that are older than 3 days or so may benefit from heat. As healing begins and inflammation subsides, heat can help increase mobility and motion by increasing blood flow to the area.
13. Does weight-bearing help bones heal?
For years, doctors advised against the weight-bearing activity, believing that it would delay healing. But in recent years, researchers have learned that low-intensity weight-bearing exercise promotes bone healing.
Weight-bearing exercise increases the amount of force applied to your bones, which can help promote new bone cell formation by breaking down old cells.
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