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Getting a fracture, or broken bone, is always a serious injury — even when the fracture itself is relatively minor. Recovering from this type of injury requires time, and it can also have an impact on your life and the activities you do.
At Urgent Care of Ada, our providers provide urgent care treatment for minor fractures, including onsite X-ray, at our clinic in Ada, Oklahoma. If you suspect you may have a fracture, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Early treatment can prevent serious complications from developing..
Our experts have put their heads together to bring you our top tips to help you adjust to life as you recover from your injury.
Your provider recommends either a traditional cast or a functional cast or brace to help your bone heal in the correct position. If you receive a functional cast or brace that can be removed when you shower or rest, it’s tempting to stop wearing it as soon as you start to feel better.
Doing this, however, can cause complications and prevent your recovery. Follow your provider’s instructions, and keep your cast or brace on until they tell you it’s safe to stop wearing it. Rest and limited use of the injured limb are the best ways to recover fully from your fracture
Healing a bone takes a lot of nutrients and minerals. Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet, rich in dark, leafy greens, a variety of vegetables, lots of fruits, and plenty of lean proteins, like legumes and beans.
You might also consider taking supplements if you aren’t sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals from your diet. Vitamin B helps keep up your energy, while vitamins C, D, and K have important roles in healing. Other supplements to consider include protein, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
When you have a bone fracture, you don’t want to do any exercises that aggravate or interrupt the healing process, so be sure to only perform exercises under your doctor’s supervision or as part of your physical therapy plan.
Exercise improves blood flow, aiding the healing process. It also helps rebuild any impacted muscles, which also speeds your recovery. Once you reach the latter stages of recovery, exercise plays an important role in helping you regain mobility.
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your overall health. And if you’ve experienced a bone fracture, it also slows the healing process and can increase your recovery time or prevent the bone from healing completely.
If you’re a smoker and have a fracture, talk to your provider for help quitting. Not only will your broken bone thank you, but you’ll improve your pulmonary, cardiovascular, and overall health, too.
Since you’ll be spending more time at home recovering after a fracture, be sure to ask for help rearranging your furniture or space to ensure you have easy access to the rooms you need to use and a clear path in case you have crutches.
You’ll also benefit from getting help preparing meals and doing household chores. If you don’t have friends or family who can assist you, consider hiring part-time help for cleaning and other household tasks and ordering in prepared or easy-to-prepare meals.
When you have a minor fracture, the team at Urgent Care of Ada can help. Contact our office for more information, or walk into our urgent care clinic for same-day treatment.