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Healing Broken Bones Faster

Patients often don’t have patience when it comes to healing a broken bone. Healing is a process dependent on many factors, including patient age, overall health, nutrition, blood flow to the bone, and treatment. However, there are a number of things one can do to speed up the process.

Here's How to Heal a Broken Bone Faster:

Stop Smoking
Some of these recommendations may be controversial or unknown as to the extent to which they affect bone healing. But there’s no disputing that patients who smoke have a much longer average healing time, and a much higher risk of developing a nonunion (non-healing of the bone). Smoking affects blood flow to bone and it is that blood flow that delivers the necessary nutrients and cells to allow the bone to heal.

Eat a Balanced Diet
Healing of bone requires more nutrients that the body needs to simply maintain bone health. A balanced diet ensures adequate nutritional intake of all food groups.

Watch Your Calcium
Your doctor will recommend a treatment, such as a cast, surgery, crutches, or others, and you should adhere to it. Altering the treatment — by removing a cast or walking on a broken bone before your doctor allows, for example — may delay your recovery.

Follow Your Treatment Plan
If symptoms continue to persist despite treatment, visit your doctor for further evaluation. Other causes of back pain should be considered, and perhaps x-rays or other studies may be needed to make an accurate diagnosis.

Ask Your Doctor
Some fractures may have treatment alternatives, such as "Jones" fractures of the foot. Studies have shown these fractures usually heal with immobilization in a cast and crutches, but many doctors offer surgery for these fractures because patients tend to heal much faster. Surgery creates potential risks, however, so these options must be weighed carefully after consultation with your doctor.

Augmenting Fracture Healing
External devices are usually not too helpful in accelerating fracture healing. Electrical stimulation, ultrasound treatment, and magnets have not been shown to accelerate the healing of most fractures. However, in difficult situations, these may be helpful to aid in healing of broken bones.

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