The speed of recovery will depend on your overall health, your age and where the fracture is. If you’ve broken the same bone before, the healing process may take longer. A physical therapist can advise you on a program of regular exercise to improve the healing process. The aim is to increase the strength of muscles around your fractured bone and also improve the blood circulation.
While rest is important in the early stages of bone fracture recovery, physical therapy is key to a full recovery. At first, such therapy may be painful and seem irrelevant. However, experience shows that in fact it’s the best thing you can do for a speedy recovery. Your therapist may adjust this therapy to build muscle strength as you recover.
It’s important to take do all the exercises prescribed by the therapist and to perform them at the allotted times. This may seem tedious, but be patient: perseverance leads to the best outcomes. Physical therapy strengthens your musculoskeletal system and promotes heart and lung health. This, in turn, ensures the necessary flows of oxygenated blood to the fractured bone area to speed up recovery.
If you’ve broken a bone in your arm or leg, you may be advised to elevate it. In addition, you may be asked to try and wiggle your fingers or toes to promote blood flow. Physical therapy eases pain promotes flexible joints, and ultimately helps improve mobility with or without assistive devices.