There are a number of things you should do to reduce your healing time. To help your body recuperate the broken bone or fracture;
- First aid and initial management. You should ensure the wound area is clear to control any external haemorrhage. You should cover the wound the wound with a dressing and avoid movement of the fractured bone. This helps avoid fracture displacement. The patient should be lifted on to a firm surface carefully. All the detail of the incident should be elaborated to the medical professionals to aid them in determining the treatment.
- Provide the body with adequate energy. After your physician has checked and prescribed treatment for your fracture, you need to increase intake of calories to provide more energy to your body. In any healing, the body requires more energy for the metabolic process, and in the case of broken bones, up to three times the normal calorie intake is required.
- Increase anti inflammatory nutrients. These are nutrients that are antioxidants. They repair the tissues damaged by free radicals that are generated when the bone is broken. The occurrence of the free radicals causes the degeneration of the fracture. Inflammation, the process of the body to tear down and repair damaged tissues in the body, helps fasten the process of healing. Though the body has its own anti oxidant defensive mechanism, the overwhelming effects of the fracture needs you to supplement your defensive mechanism with nutrients such as alpha-lipoic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and lycophene.
- Monitor your protein intake. Approximately, half of the bone is protein composed. Whenever you have a fracture, your body has to develop a new bone replacing the protein blocks that were damaged. Protein increases the skeletal strength, the bone renewal process and the strength of the muscles around it. Lack or deficiency of protein causes the bones to be weak thus increasing the chances of your bone breaking or fracturing. Abundance of protein such as amino acids accelerates the healing process and increases your bone rigidity. This helps you avoid severe complications of the fracture, including death.
- Increase your Vitamin Intake. Vitamins are the catalysts that participate in the synthesis of the rest of the nutrients. Vitamin K does bind calcium to the bone structure. It is also necessary for proper formation of the bone protein. Vitamin K helps reduce the effects of osteoporosis; a disease where calcium is lost through urine. You need to increase Vitamin K intake because, the vitamin is concentrated around the fracture reducing its circulation around the other parts of the body. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Whenever vitamin C is deficient, synthesis of the bone collagen protein is reduced. Its deficiency slows down the healing process and makes the bones fragile. Deficiency of Vitamin C is characterized by skin lesions, black and blue colouration of the skin, degenerated blood vessels which do bleed. Vitamin B6 is also essential. It helps strengthen the bone structure and reduce time taken to heal a fracture. Vitamin D is the most essential of the vitamins. It facilitates calcium absorption and other minerals, and stimulates the fragmented stem cells of the fracture to join.
- Exercise your fracture. Exercising helps you reduce the time taken to heal your fracture. As much as you may feel the pain, it is recommended you exercise. Why should you exercise your fracture? Exercise causes the bone tissues around the fracture to increase protein formation and loading in the bone structure. Exercise also increases the circulation of blood which transports the essential nutrients to the fracture. Through exercise, you get to help advance healing by organizing and composing the building blocks to the right places. As you exercise, practice caution to avoid stressing the bone and ending up damaging it further.
- Avoid or quit smoking. Smoking slows the healing process and actually increases the chances of the bones fracturing. During smoking, chances of bone infections to the fracture are much higher. The effects of smoking can prevent your fracture from healing. Interestingly, these effects are not caused by the nicotine content in the cigarettes.
- Avoid or quit alcohol intake. The intoxication caused by alcohol erodes the mineralization of nutrients in your body. The erosion weakens the bone structure, increasing the chances of a fracture and/or bone infection. Alcohol over consumption has negative effects on the metabolic process which is responsible of assimilating the nutrients required for healing the bone fracture. This increases the time taken to heal and can also result in non-union fractures.
- Therapy and other forms of energy medication. Whenever your fracture takes too long to heal or does not actually heal (non-union fractures), the next best option is to use stimulation to speed up the healing process. With procedural options such as electromagnetic therapy and homoeopathy, you should not panic since your physician will prescribe the next best medical strategy for your recovery.
All this is to make sure the patient is comfortable as you await medical help. Once the medical support arrives, every detail of the first aid process should be notified to them to help in determining treatment.