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Does Calcium Help Heal Broken Bones
Most calcium in the blood is bound to a molecule called albumin, and this calcium fluctuates depending on the level of albumin. The rest is "ionized" calcium and this is freely available for biologic processes. Labs used to only be able to measure total calcium - calcium bound to Albumin + ionized. Now we can measure ionized calcium and not be mislead that calcium is low ...Read more
Varies: There are not really any foods we know that help bones heal faster. We do know some things that can potentially delay bone healing including nicotine products and medications that inhibit inflammation ( inflammation is a part of bone healing and so to block it delays bone healing). Good question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Studies show that a healed fracture has the same strength as the surrounding bone. It is neither stronger and weaker; the one caveat is that there are times during the healing process where it may be weaker and stronger, but once the healing process finishes, it is equal in strength. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Typically 6 weeks: Most routine wrist fractures heal in about 6 weeks. Unfortunately certain fractures like scaphoid fractures can take 2-3 months or more to heal due to the tenuous blood suppply of the bone. ...Read more
Can taking a calcium supplement help heal a broken broken bone faster? If so, how much can be taken daily? And can any other vitamin/mineral help?
Collar bone: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...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
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