What are Bone Fractures?
A fracture is the medical term used to describe a broken or cracked bone. In most cases, they are the result of an accident or injury in which the bone is subject to great force or physical stress. However there are also medical conditions such as osteoporosis or certain cancers that actually weaken the bones making fractures more common.
Diagnosing Bone Fractures
If your physician suspects a fractured bone, x-rays will be necessary. Treatment usually includes a cast, sling, or splint and in serious cases surgery to re-join the broken bones. The good news is that bones heal themselves in a natural process and treatment is usually aimed at avoiding risks or complications and re-aligning broken bones so that they grown straight.
What Causes Bone Fractures?
A fracture can occur in any bone in the human body, the most common being the extremities such as the leg, ankle, arm, wrist, and hip. Bone Fractures are generally very painful and are often recognized by the swelling and bruising that occurs shortly after the injury. In addition, a fracture may cause the affected area to look deformed and the individual is usually unable to use the affected area for sometime after the break.
Help for Bone Fractures
The body has an amazing ability to heal itself provided it gets necessary rest and care. While this miracle of nature occurs on its own, there are various herbal and homeopathic remedies that can be taken to harness and support these natural healing mechanisms and promote an easier and faster recovery.
Homeopathic ingredients such as Magnesium phosphoricum and Matricaria recutita have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and both are renowned for their soothing effect. Arnica is also a well known ingredient commonly used to promote healing of connective tissue, cartilage and fractured bones.
Another ingredient highly recommended for those suffering with a fracture is Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) otherwise referred to as ‘knitbone’ by traditional healers. Comfrey contains an important chemical called elation which supports bone, cartilage and muscle health making it an ideal nature remedy when assisting the healing process of fractured bones.
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Tips for Bone Fractures
Bone Fractures are considered to be a medical emergency so any suspected broken bone should be seen to by a medical professional as soon as possible. While waiting for medical help the following steps should be taken:
- Never move the individual (unless they are in immediate danger) especially in the case of a suspected fracture of the skull, spine, ribs, pelvis, or upper leg. Moving them could increase the chances of nerve damage, spinal cord injury, or injury to organs and blood vessels in the surrounding area.
- If there is any bleeding, then apply pressure to the wound with a clean, dry cloth. If the bone is protruding out of the skin, place pressure on the skin surrounding it.
- Do not try and straighten the bone. Limb fractures can be supported on a pillow, but do not cause further pain by moving the limb unnecessarily.
- If you have the necessary training or help is temporarily unavailable, then try immobilizing the injured area with the use of a splint.
- Wrap some ice in a towel or a cloth and apply to the affected area to help relieve pain and swelling.