If you’ve recently suffered a fracture, the last thing you want is to prolong your recovery. Fortunately, several strategies can accelerate your healing process to get back on your feet sooner with as little discomfort as possible.
A fracture can be painful, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. The Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson has highly trained orthopaedic physicians ready to provide comprehensive care and treatment.
From immediate pain relief and healing assistance to physical therapy and preventive education, we aim to ensure that bone injuries don’t happen again.
Tips to accelerate broken bone recovery
Understanding your body's needs is the most important part of healing a fracture quickly. Follow these three tips to make recovery more manageable.
Get plenty of rest
Take it easy and give yourself the time to heal properly. Resting and taking it easy is often the last thing you want to do when you're feeling run down, but it's a key factor in ensuring your body gets the time it needs to heal properly.
Your body needs time to recover and heal itself. Avoid activities that put stress on your injury. If you have a desk job, take breaks often to walk around and stretch. And get plenty of sleep at night.
Whether you practice yoga, listen to music, or get outside into nature, ensure your body has the time and space to heal.
Exercise is vital for overall health, but it’s crucial to exercise carefully when healing from a fracture.
Avoid high-impact activities, such as running or jumping. Instead, focus on low-impact exercises, such as walking or swimming. These activities help to keep your muscles strong without putting too much stress on your injury.
Eat a healthy diet
When you're sick or injured, it's more important than ever to ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs to help it heal faster. Consuming healthy meals and snacks is the best way to give your body the required vitamins and minerals to recover quickly.
Everyone benefits from eating a healthy diet, but it’s especially important for those healing from a fracture. A healthy diet gives your body the necessary nutrients to heal properly.
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and include lean protein sources, such as chicken or fish, in your diet.
Besides eating enough protein, get plenty of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
Stay away from coffee, alcohol, and salty foods. Eating a balanced diet full of nutrients helps your body heal faster, and drinking plenty of fluids helps you stay hydrated. Eating healthy and drinking plenty of fluids is essential for not only your physical well-being but for your mental health as well.
Follow your doctor’s advice
Following your medical provider’s advice helps you return to your daily activities and heal from a fracture quickly and successfully.
Note your doctor's recommended treatment plan, including medications, physical therapy, and limits on activity. And follow our advice on how long you need to rest or limit physical activity.
It may be difficult not to do what you’re used to during your recovery, but your body needs time to heal the broken bone. Sticking with the treatment plan ensures a quicker and better outcome for your health.
Take care of yourself, and you’ll be back on your feet soon. If you have questions, contact us at our office in Henderson, Nevada. Call or request an appointment online today.