Foods to help broken bones heal faster?


11 replies to this topic
  • FiftySeven

Posted September 20, 2007 - 04:37 PM

#1

Are there any foods/drinks that i can eat that would help my broken hand heal faster? Such as drinking milk or eating bananas or something?

  • Welshman-78

Posted September 22, 2007 - 05:03 PM

#2

Milk helps, I imagine calcium pills and other vitamins would do good, My teacher told me that eating apples helps bones heal because they contain boron or somthing, also he said that putting some stress on it will help but not too much

  • FiftySeven

Posted September 24, 2007 - 04:53 PM

#3

ive been rading around and have come up with my new breakfast -

-Nonfat yogurt
-Milk
-Banana

Hope it heals quick! ^^^Thanks for the input

  • 450XNcali

Posted September 24, 2007 - 04:58 PM

#4

Lot's of straight vitamin D milk.

  • pYura

Posted September 25, 2007 - 11:15 AM

#5

Vitamin C is also very good!!

  • davidl9999

Posted September 25, 2007 - 05:37 PM

#6

I didn't see this post until today. Hope it's helpful. :thumbsup:

My personal favorite:
- #1: Avoid carbonated beverages until after the bone has fully healed.
- Drink milk, eat dairy foods.
- Eat leafy greens (not iceberg lettuce, eat kale and other gross stuff).
- Take glucosamine/chondroitin to help with joint healing (whatever you broke surely didn't help the nearest joints any).
- Eat gelatin to help with soft tissues.
- Stay off anti-inflamatories until the bone is healed (about 8 weeks).
Avoid: NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc.
Use: Acetaminophen (Tylenol ™) or Vicodin (prescription) instead.
- Take a multi-vitamin. Don't over-do it.
- Don't take tons of calcium, your body can't process it and it's hard on your kidneys and other organs. A couple of grams a day is plenty; the USRDA is 1.3g/day from 9 - 18yo, and 1g/day if you're 19 - 70.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Get plenty of rest.

While you're healing, exercise your opposite hand and arm. It may help keep your injured hand muscles in better tone. That sounds weird, but studies have shown it to work. Once the cast/splint has been removed, work on range of motion and strengthening exercises right away. Some people also chew Tums for extra calcium. I can't stand the things... Bleh.

  • jamesr1254

Posted September 26, 2007 - 04:14 PM

#7

I didn't see this post until today. Hope it's helpful. :thumbsup:

My personal favorite:
- #1: Avoid carbonated beverages until after the bone has fully healed.
- Drink milk, eat dairy foods.
- Eat leafy greens (not iceberg lettuce, eat kale and other gross stuff).
- Take glucosamine/chondroitin to help with joint healing (whatever you broke surely didn't help the nearest joints any).
- Eat gelatin to help with soft tissues.
- Stay off anti-inflamatories until the bone is healed (about 8 weeks).
Avoid: NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, etc.
Use: Acetaminophen (Tylenol ™) or Vicodin (prescription) instead.
- Take a multi-vitamin. Don't over-do it.
- Don't take tons of calcium, your body can't process it and it's hard on your kidneys and other organs. A couple of grams a day is plenty; the USRDA is 1.3g/day from 9 - 18yo, and 1g/day if you're 19 - 70.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Get plenty of rest.

While you're healing, exercise your opposite hand and arm. It may help keep your injured hand muscles in better tone. That sounds weird, but studies have shown it to work. Once the cast/splint has been removed, work on range of motion and strengthening exercises right away. Some people also chew Tums for extra calcium. I can't stand the things... Bleh.


Very helpful post, thanks for taking the time to post it. :thumbsup:

You can see my thread on my broken arm and I was curious as to things I could do to possibly heal faster and thanks to your reply now I know. Thanks :thumbsup:

  • killerdwarf77

Posted September 29, 2007 - 04:54 PM

#8

Sit in the sun. The natural vitamins your body produces while exposed to sunshine will help. Take an extra strength tums every day, and drink milk, so your bones will more readily absorb the calcium. Take a once a day vitamin. These are things that i did for my broken hand right at the wrist. One doctor said the cast could come off in 4 weeks, and stay off if x rays showed things were good. Specialist said 6 weeks. I said at 4 weeks and 2 days, find me the tin snips, and I cut that thing off!!! I worked my fingers, hand , thumb and wrist often to regain motion, and some muscle. With an inline skaters hand slider, and gell pad strapped to my hand, I was racing on a sand track on the 5th week, and raced a 1hr endurance moto on the 7th week. It is now 9 weeks after my break, and I still have pain at the point of breakage,and don't have full range of motion yet , but it is getting better, and i am getting back to speed. Good luck.

  • GixRider

Posted October 01, 2007 - 03:12 PM

#9

I'm curious on this one:
Avoid: NSAIDs like Ibuprofen

Can you explain it? I've heard Dr Mark say the same thing but never asked why. The engineer in me has to know. :confused:

  • DrMark

Posted October 01, 2007 - 03:28 PM

#10

NSAIs inhibit calcium deposition, perhaps the most important part of fracture healing.

  • DrMark

Posted October 01, 2007 - 03:39 PM

#11

At this point in your care, the fracture healing issues have long passed.

  • GixRider

Posted October 01, 2007 - 03:40 PM

#12

Doh, I just deleted my post before your second reply Dr Mark. I came to the same conclusion and removed it!





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