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What is the first step in bone fracture recovery?

Dr. David M. Slovik, MD
Endocrinologist

Breaking a bone is often painful and frightening. Recovery can take months, and a break can threaten your ability to perform simple everyday tasks such as carrying groceries, making your own meals, or cleaning. But there is a lot you can do to recover from a fracture and prevent future breaks. The first step may be as simple as reaching out for help. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and support groups can assist you.

Meanwhile, getting enough calcium and vitamin D, performing weight-bearing exercises regularly, taking steps to prevent falling, and using an osteoporosis medication can help guard your bones against future fractures.

The first step in bone fracture recovery is to rest. Resting the part of the body with the fracture while it’s healing is crucial. This can mean that the muscles around the fracture get weak, so people may need to do exercises to build them up once the break has healed. People need to keep their cast clean, and get regular check-ups and x-rays to make sure the fracture is healing.

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