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I broke my wrist, should I start taking calcium pills or drinking milk?

Milk-bottleCalcium and drinking milk would be good for your overall, long term, health but as far as immediate help to “speed up your healing” taking calcium or drinking milk will not make much of a difference.

What can help with fracture healing is:

 

  •  Smoking cessationno-smoking-148825_1280

“Several basic science studies have documented the effects of tobacco use on the musculoskeletal system at the cellular and molecular levels, including the development or worsening of intervertebral disk degeneration, osteoporosis, arthritis, and delayed ligament healing.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

 

 

Immobilization during healing.

Broken wrist, arm with a blue fiberglass cast on a white backgro

Controlling your blood sugars (for diabetics)

 

Once the fracture is healed then you can start to increase activities as tolerated. Stretching and therapy will be a large part of getting back to normal.  Dr. Clint Walker, MD in our office notes, “Strength and endurance will continue to improve for up to one year but you will have returned to normal activities way before then.”

 

If you are concerned about your bone health following a fracture then it may be a good idea to contact your primary care physician with these concerns.There is often a concern among middle age women and fractures. The fear of osteopenia or change in bone density. If you have this concern then you should make an appointment with your PCP for a work up.

 

Author: Stephanie Jones, AT

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

 

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