A Natural Approach To Health
Living With a Broken Bone
I had a question the other day about a broken bone.
Broken bones, or fractures, are usually caused by a fall, blow, or other traumatic event.
Pathologic fractures are those caused by disease (like cancer) that weakens your bones and can occur with little or no trauma.
Osteoporosis, a disorder in which your bones thin and lose strength as they age, causes 1.5 million fractures every year in the U.S., especially in the hip, wrist, and spine.
Signs and symptoms of a broken bone include:
>Swelling or bruising over a bone.
>Deformity of an arm or leg.
>Pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied.
>Loss of function in the injured area.
>In open fractures, bone protruding from your skin.
To deal with a broken bone it’s beneficial to:
*Increase weight-bearing exercises
*Lose weight to take some pressure off your joints; you can follow my weight loss blog at blog.dickandlenay.com.
*Eat calcium-rich foods.
*Take natural supplements.
*Get plenty of vitamin D.
*Eat fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya because they contain enzymes that reduce inflammation.
*Explore the use of Arnica (homeopathic remedy).
*Consider Horsetail (herb) tea or extract.
*Eliminate acid-forming food and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, processed foods, sugar, white flour products)