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Could Cutting Calories Affect Healing Of A Broken Bone
Bone healing: Sure it can. Low calorie diets are fraught with lack of balance of nutrients, decreased protein, and most probably lower intakes of calcium which would be important for bone healing. If decreased activity is the result of your injury and you are concerned about gaining too much weight, then seek out a dietician or nutritionist that can offer you a dietary plan for you during this critical healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Eat well balanced: Healing a fracture takes energy: make sure you are well nourished. It also takes protein: eat plenty of lean meat, fish, nuts, legumes, dairy, or soy. Anti-oxidants/anti-inflammatories are also helpful: vitamins E and C, omega-3 fatty acids. The main minerals needed are: Calcium, zinc, phospherous, copper, silicon. Other important vitamins are: D, K, and B vitamins. Take all in safe doses! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Follow MDs direction: Your treating orthopaedic surgeon will work with oyu to maximized the healing potential for your specific fracture taking into account your overall medical well-being. Most fractures heal inabout 6 weeks. We really cannot "trick' mother nature and speed up the natural bone healing process. Avoiding issues that may slow down healing is best: wear splint/cast as directed and maintain a healthy diet. ...Read more
How does cancer chemotherapy affect the healing of a broken bone? Will the bone have to heal after chemo?
May slow it down.: Chemotherapy generally slows down the healing process. I don't believe it will stop the bone from healing but it will most likely slow the process down so it will take a little longer than usual. If i remember correctly it usually takes bones 4-6 weeks to heal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: I always advise my patients who have broken a bone in their foot that every time they smoke one cigarette they reduce the blood flow to their foot by 30% for several hours. An adequate blood supply is crucial for bone healing. ...Read more
On average 6-8 weeks: There are several factors that can affect healing a broken bone...severity of the break, bone that is broken, existing medical problems and how controlled they are (ie diabetes, thyroid disease, osteopenia, osteoporosis, low vitamin D, etc.), as well as smoking history. On average, it takes a simple fracture 6-8 weeks to heal. Sometimes longer if any of the above listed conditions exist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could you tell me if my foot is still really bruised does that mean the broken bone isnt healing?
it may mean that: Your foot got really bruised and it take a few weeks for hte bruisng to begin to go away but it is dependent upoi=n how much bruisng you started with , your general health and circulation, how swollen you were, how agresviley you iced or elvated to reduce swelling and bruising initially. And certainly of bruising is going away and then comes back then one needs to get reevaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I expect if I go to the emergency room with a broken bone? Orthopedic treatment that night?
What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told i can walk on it it's swollen and tender?
Not necessarily: Hopefully the fracture is well aligned and it can still be casted or immobilized if it is not nor must determine if the position needs to be corrected by manipulation or surgery always tell my patient better to have a negative x-ray than hope it's not broken and find out that it healed in the wrong position. ...Read more
Some humor.: .....Injury, pain, swelling then the body starts an inflammatory response. It cleans up the debris, blood &edema fluid.In a few days 2 a week the clot between the bones begins to organize and form a framework 4 the new stem cells to grow into and form osteoblasts that make new bone as they penetrate into the fibrous clot lattice work. New bone forms (callus), lump. Then remodel 2 accept stress. ...Read more
A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more
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