For anyone, but especially for an athlete, a broken bone is one of the most frustrating injuries. With any injury of this type usually requiring several weeks in plaster, the impediment that it creates for normal living is extremely frustrating.
Rest and Nutrition.
Healing broken bones as quickly as possible is therefore important, but it must be stated unequivocally that there are no short cuts in the process. Although the subject of the injury may think of themselves as a quick healer, there is no alternative to following the rehabilitation timetable recommended by the doctor. If the subject of the injury is told to keep the plaster on for six weeks, then that is what they should do. Removing dressings early is not a good idea.
However, once the mechanics of the healing process have been established thanks to the use of plaster on the affected limb, there are a number of things that can be done to promote more effective healing of the fracture. Firstly, always make sure that enough calories are being consumed. The body uses up energy while healing and it will require a lot of fuel, even if the injury has meant that regular exercise patterns cannot be carried out.
Calcium and Vitamins.
Eating the right things is also crucial. Needing energy to heal does not give someone carte blanche to consume as many calories as possible from unhealthy sources. Rather, it means that diet must be even more carefully planned and targeted. A wide range of foods from as many food groups as possible will help keep nutrition levels where they should be.
Proteins are especially important and foodstuffs such as lean white meat, fish, nuts, eggs, some dairy products and protein shakes are all good things to build into a diet. Calcium is, of course, especially important and milk is perhaps the best source of this mineral. However, dairy foods are not suitable for everyone, so other food sources of calcium are green vegetables, such as broccoli or kale.
Exercise Back To Health.
There are a number of more practical things one can do to help bring back strength and conditioning in affected limbs. It must be noted that exercising in any way with a broken bone is unwise unless the subject knows exactly what they are doing. Always take advice from a medical or fitness professional before undertaking any exercise routines.
Limbs that have been affected by broken bones can benefit from basic strength training, although the use of heavy weights is to be discouraged. Raising a limb and holding it straight in front of the body, or at the side of the body in the case of an arm, is a useful way of building strength in a weakened area.
Mood and Morale.
Of course, getting some mobility back into limbs always helps to promote healing once the initial stage of recovering from the trauma of the break is complete. Using elbow crutches is one way of increasing mobility, as they allow for greater movement. Moving about and getting into the fresh air is also very helpful for healing, not least because it keeps mood and morale at high levels.
The importance of psychology to the process should never be underestimated. Having a broken bone can be a depressing experience, especially if the subject of the break is used to activity. Keeping someone’s spirits up and their positivity levels high is something that family and friends should never neglect when someone has suffered a broken bone.
This guest post was written by Francesca, a UK-based freelance writer who enjoys writing about a variety of subjects from health and fitness to beauty and cosmetics. She currently writes on behalf of Quest 88.