Fractures often result from accidents, and this can result in limited mobility. When you sustain a fracture, it may be difficult to accomplish daily tasks. One of the most common causes of fractures is pedestrian accidents. Early this year, the New York Times revealed that about 200 individuals were killed in traffic accidents in New York City in 2018. While this was a significant improvement, there were still many pedestrian fatalities. According to the blog post of David Resnick & Associates, P.C. In Brooklyn, Bridge Plaza/RAMBO had the most number of pedestrian accidents.
If you were involved in an accident that resulted in a fracture, here are some tips to help you heal faster and get back to full mobility.
Adjust Your Home to Your Needs
If you suffered from a leg fracture, you are most likely to use a cane to help with your mobility. While healing, you must take proper care not to move too much yet. Ask family and friends to help you with making your home a little easier for you to navigate while recuperating. Some of the things they can do include:
Ask them to make a clear path where you can pass through each room. If your room is upstairs, you can ask them to move your bed to the first floor.
Get rid of all the clutter. Books, magazines, stacks of clothes, and toys should be appropriately stored so you don’t trip on them.
Fix loose carpeting
One of the challenges of moving around with crutches is the possibility of slipping or tripping. Often, the cause is a loose rug, so make sure any rugs are firmly secured or removed.
Install additional lighting
If possible, change bulbs to a higher wattage so they can provide better lighting along the hallways and entries. If you’re likely to get up in the middle of the night, add nightlights.
One of the best ways to quickly heal from fractures is to maintain a daily activity suitable for your injury. If you need to attend physical therapy every day, do it. Adjust your schedule to when the pain level is most tolerable for you. Do daily stretching. If you can walk, take daily walks and make sure you get plenty of fresh air, as it can help you calm your mind and body and help you heal faster.
Adopt a Hobby
Often, being sidelined due to an injury may cause you to feel sad and lonely for most parts of the day. Beat this slump by picking up a hobby. You can read books or paint so your mind can stay alert. It will also give you the motivation you need to stay healthy.
One of the most important things you have to remember when you have a fracture is that your bones are in the process of rebuilding, and this can be helped along by having a well-balanced diet. You can ask your doctor if you need to take any supplements. Although, usually all the necessary nutrients you may need can be found in most fruits and vegetables. Make sure to get enough calcium as it will help your bones heal faster. Those who have osteoporosis may need to take additional supplements. Some of the rich sources of calcium include milk, cheese, salmon, and bok choy.
If you need to take a rest after an operation, take this time to reconnect with your family. Attend social events and stay connected.
Healing from a fracture is easy as long as you have the motivation you need for it. For some fractures, the healing process takes time. Ask your doctor what activities you can engage in as you are recovering. Do not attempt to do any strenuous activities without getting clearance from your attending physician.