A bad fall, a hard blow, an automobile collision, a sports injury, or an underlying medical condition such as osteoporosis can result in a broken bone.
When a bone breaks, it triggers not only pain, swelling, bruising and immobility, but also trauma and shock throughout the entire body. Fractures located near joints are sometimes misidentified as simply bad sprains.
There are varying degrees of fractures. Here are definitions and causes for the main types of fractures:
- Partial (incomplete): The break across the bone is incomplete.
- Complete: The bone is broken in two pieces.
- Closed (simple): The broken bone does not protrude through the skin.
- Open (compound): The broken bone protrudes through the skin.
- Comminuted: The bone is splintered at the broken area and many smaller fragments of bone are found between the two main pieces.
- Greenstick: This occurs on in children and is defined by having one side of the bone break and the other side just bend, often seen on the radius (forearm bone).
- Spiral: A breaking force twisted the bone apart.
- Transverse: This occurs at right angles to the bone.
- Impacted: One fragment is forcibly driven into the other.
- Colles': This is a fracture of the distal end of the radius (wrist), and the fragment is displaced posteriorly (behind).
- Pott's: This is a fracture of the distal (lower portion of leg) end of the fibula, with serious injury of the distal tibia articulation.
- Nondisplaced: The correct anatomical alignment of the bone is maintained.
- Displaced: The correct anatomical alignment of the none is not maintained.
- Stress: This is a partial fracture, resulting from the inability of the bone to withstand repeated stresses (such as doing aerobics on hard surfaces or running long distances for prolonged periods of time). Almost one-fourth of stress fractures occur in the fibula.
- Pathologic: This fracture is a result of normal stress on a weakened bone. It occurs in such diseases as osteoporosis, neoplasia, osteomyelitis and osteomalacia.
If you have had an accident where you may have broken a bone, it is important to get immediate medical attention. For a more serious injury and if you have someone to help you, try to stay immobilized until medical personnel assess and move you. Otherwise, if you must move, it is important to have the fracture site immobilized with splinting materials. Even magazines or a towel can be used.
Once your fracture has been assessed and immobilized by medical personnel, it is very helpful to utilize the natural therapies in this chapter. They can help to speed healing of the fracture and can reduce pain and swelling. Remember, our bones are living tissues that have the ability to repair themselves when damaged. They must be given the correct nutrients to do so. Many vitamins and minerals are required for healthy bones. Calcium is the obvious one, but magnesium; boron; silicon; strontium; vitamins D, C and K; and others play important roles in bone metabolism.
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler
Super Prescription #1 Homeopathic Symphytum
Take a 30C potency four times daily for two weeks. Symphytum is a specific remedy for healing bones and reducing fracture pain more quickly. Make sure to use Symphytum only after the fracture has been set, as it rapidly speeds knitting of the bone.
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Take 500 to 600 mg twice daily in divided doses of well-absorbed calcium complexes such as citrate, citrate malate, chelate, or hydroxyappatite. Calcium is the main mineral that bone is composed of.
Super Prescription #3 Magnesium - LifeSource Product
Take 250 to 350 mg twice daily in divided doses. Magnesium is required for proper calcium metabolism and bone formation. Some researchers feel that it is as important as calcium. Note: Reduce the dosage if loose stools occur.
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Take 800 IU daily for one month and then 400 IU daily. This vitamin improves intestinal calcium absorption and reduces the urinary excretion of calcium.
Super Prescription #5 Vitamin K2 - LifeSource Product
Take 5 mg daily for one month and then 100 to 500 mcg daily to finish bone healing. Vitamin K is needed to form the protein osteocalcin, a substance that attracts calcium into the bone matrix. Low levels of vitamin K are associated with osteoporosis and fractures. Note: Do not use if you are taking blood-thinning medications.
Super Prescription # 6 Multivitamin – High
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This provides a base of the nutrients required for healthy bones. Take as directed on the container.
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Take 4 grams of fish oil daily, along with 3,000 mg of evening primrose oil. Studies show that these essential fatty acids improve calcium absorption and deposition into the bone.
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- Fall or injury
Eat foods that are high in calcium and the other nutrients needed for calcium's assimilation. Sea vegetables, green leafy vegetables (except spinach), soybeans, nuts, molasses, salmon, oysters, sardines (with the bones), broccoli and unsweetened cultured yogurt are all good sources.
Green vegetables, such as collard greens, kale, romaine lettuce, and others, are important for their vitamin K content, which helps with bone formation.
Fermented soy products, such as tofu and miso, are good for the bones.
Essential fatty acids found in walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds and fish are important for healthy bones.
Food to Avoid
Eliminate sugar, refined grains and soda pop drinks from your diet, as they contribute to bone loss.
The following tests help assess possible reasons for people whose bones fracture easily:
- Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen, progesterone) -saliva, blood or urine
- Vitamin and mineral analysis(especially magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin D) -blood, hair
- Toxic metals -urine or hair
- Digestive function and microbe/parasite/candida testing -stool analysis
- Food and environmental allergies/sensitives -blood, eletrodermal
- Bone resorption (pyridinium and deoxypyridinium) -urine
High salt intake is linked to bone loss. Do not eat processed foods, which are usually loaded with salt, and never add conventional table salt to your meals
Moderate your use of caffeine and alcohol, as they contribute to bone loss.
Soy protein powder has been shown to protect against bone loss. Strontium is a nutrient that was shown to be helpful in increasing bone density when combined with calcium.
Start doing a regular weight-bearing exercise once you have been instructed to by your doctor, as it stimulates bone healing.
Don't smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke. Smoking makes bones brittle and weak.
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