Falls and accidents. Diseases and chronic conditions. Sports injuries. Bone fractures can happen to anyone at any time. But with advanced treatments, and by making some lifestyle and nutritional adjustments, there are several ways to accelerate the healing of a bone fracture.
How to heal a bone fracture as fast as possible
Because bone healing is a natural process, treatment of a fracture should focus on giving the bone optimum conditions to heal itself. Some effective bone fracture therapies include:
- Fracture management – Including closed reduction (bone alignment through manipulation or traction), immobilization (using a splint or cast) and rehabilitation (physical therapy)
- Physical therapy – To regain strength and normal function in the affected area
- Ultrasound-guided injections – Injections can be precisely applied to joints or soft tissues in the body
Take preventive actions to heal a bone fracture faster
Prevention is one of the most effective ways to help your body overcome a bone fracture. Consuming 1200-1500 mg of calcium and 800-1000 IU vitamin D can help keep bones strong. You can also seek out foods that contain these key nutrients. Here are some high-calcium foods to include in your diet each day:
- Dairy products – Milk, yogurt and eggs
- Whole grains – Brown rice, quinoa, oats and rye
- Vegetables – Broccoli, spinach and kale
- Beans – Chickpeas, black beans and tofu
- Nuts and seeds – Almonds, chia seeds and flax seeds
Staying active is also a great way to keep bones strong and healthy, so they have a better chance of healing quicker after a fracture. Simply spending time a few days per week doing weight-bearing exercises such as brisk walking, yoga, dancing, golf, hiking, tai chi or weight training is highly beneficial.
Compassionate, high-quality healthcare is here for you
Bone fractures can happen in an instant, but through proper care, the board-certified physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers can help you heal quickly. Come see us for complete sports medicine in Pomona Valley; featuring nonsurgical, leading-edge treatment for bone fractures. You can also learn how to safely begin a new exercise routine or sport. And should you get injured, we’re here with urgent care centers to treat you right way.
To schedule an appointment for sports medicine, family medicine or specialty care, call 909-536-1493 or click here to use our online form.