A broken bone can be hard to deal with at any point in life, but it might seem especially difficult if it happens in the summer when everyone is active and outside running around and exercising. There are many things about injuries that we can’t control, but when it comes to healing a broken bone, there are a few things you can do to get yourself healthier and happier a bit faster. Here are a few tips on how to get back to exercising after a broken bone, and how to make sure it heals well.
1. Stay Positive
It’s easy to sink into a mild depression when an injury occurs. Doing little things you enjoy can help boost your mood and lift your spirits. Even something as small as getting yourself out in the sun for fifteen minutes of relaxation can give your body a boost of Vitamin D and help you feel a bit more energized.
2. Follow all Medical Advice
Your doctor will advise you on how to take appropriate and correct dosages of pain medications, when to exercise, how to stretch, and what activities are safe for you during your healing. Attend physical therapy and engage in regular, recommended exercises as you heal.
3. Eat Healthy
Eating lots of fruits and veggies, foods high in iron and calcium, and an overall balanced diet will help you on your way to better health internally. Avoiding things like caffeine, smoking (which alters and prevents full blood flow to the bone), and drinking alcohol will also expedite your recovery! Once your cast is off, be prepared to build from the ground up.
Your muscles surrounding the site of the injury have been immobile for a few weeks or even a few months. Stretching will begin to “wake up” those muscles and bring more blood and bodily nutrients to the area. Your physical therapist can recommend different stretches and exercises to try as first. Small rotations of the ankles or wrists allow your body to ease into minor ranges of motion and are usually a physician recommended next step.
5. Be Patient
Last but not least, be patient! Because bones take a while to heal, expect to hang in there for the duration of the healing process, and content yourself on choosing patience instead of trying to rush the process. It may be difficult to navigate your injury if it was preventable, and you aren’t the one responsible for it. In this case, you might consider involving a Clearfield & Kofsky personal injury lawyer to lessen your stress. Trying to rush through healing will often result in greater injury and further complications in the long run. Slow and steady wins the race.