From YouTube: How To Heal Faster From a Broken Leg.
There are many ways to reach the ER with a broken bone, in fact around 6.8 million Americans do each year. Chances are you felt worst after you heard these devastating words coming from your doctor’s mouth: “Yeah, it’s broken alright”, after he and his medical team took the x-rays.
Although most will agree, something worst came later when, after aligning and immobilizing, you dare to ask, “How long do you think it will take before the bone heals?”.
The reply probably hurt you as much as the time you heard the cracking sound that came when you broke your bone, to listen to your medical professional tell you it will be months before your ankle or elbow is working as new again.
This is why it is just as important as getting a cast, to understand how to take care of your injury.
If You Follow These Simple Steps You Will:
- Prevent further mishaps,
- Help your body heal faster,
- Turn that bad luck around,
- So that you can feel in control of your rehabilitation
- And proactively get better much faster.
Tips For a Quicker and Stronger Recovery:
After the immobilization period, I personally recommend that you start by engaging in physical therapy. However, most people do not go to a physical therapist, for time’s sake or for financial reasons.
This should not stop you.
Studies have shown that, for most fractures, a proper physical therapy routine, at home and by yourself, is just as effective as a program at a specialized center.
So let’s see what you can do.
- For the first two weeks, your priority is pain and inflammation control.
- Don’t be afraid to take those pain pills prescribed by your doctor, as this will help with the swelling.
- Avoid heavy loads as well as sports and continue functional activities, to prevent complications of inactivity and bed rest.
- Use what is called passive interventions, which means to massage the surrounding area where the injury occurred.
- Acupuncture has been found to be helpful.
- Hot packs aid with pain relief (be sure to not apply directly to skin, to avoid burns) and ice packs will help with swelling. As time passes, you will move more towards cold packs and leave hot packs in the past, since hot packs are great for the initial pain and discomfort and cold packs are better for the ensuing swelling later on.
- Elevating the injured leg, by having your foot be higher than your waist, can help with swelling and circulation, with any type of leg fractures.
- Use active interventions. (These are exercises that require use of the affected joint or area.) As a side note, always be sure that you listen to your body’s pain level, since this will help keep you safe.
- Begin by flexing the surrounding joints, that were affected during your injury, without going further than what the pain allows.
- If your knee is the problem, use your hands to flex and extend that knee as much as possible, for ten minutes, twice a day.
- Monitor your flexibility and stretch tolerance, since they should improve with these exercises.
- Incorporate every natural movement, the affected joint has, to your routine.
- Do not use resistance, such as stretch bands or weights for the first two weeks.
These tips should be applied to prevent future problems:
- Movement restriction can lead to weight-gain. While you do not want to restrict your food intake, especially protein-rich foods (they promote healing for your injury), do not let boredom take you down the path of weight-gain.
- More weight will cause more stress to the injury thus, will result in the fracture healing slower.
- Know when you need help and seek it, to prevent future problems from arising.
- Always be attentive to symptoms of concern such as, inflammation, bleeding, or infection.
- Swelling should go down with the advice presented here, if it increases, becomes static or worsens, this should be addressed with your doctor.
Good luck on your your journey to recovering from your broken leg!
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