Mumbai: Chirag (name changed) was involved in an accident two months ago. His left arm is broken, plastered. Now those of you who have ever plastered your life will know one thing. There is severe itching after applying the plaster. The same has happened with Chirag. So Chirag used to scratch with pencil or any sharp object. After doing this for several days, Prashant started feeling pain there. He could not even see inside because of the plaster.
If pain and itching increase, go to Chirag doctor. The search revealed that he had wounds and that the infection had spread there. Why is this? Because whenever Chirag scratched, he would scratch the inside of the plaster with a sharp object. Now this mistake is very common. Not only that, after a fracture, people make a lot of mistakes that can cost them dearly. Let’s find out what are the mistakes that you should not make after fracture.
Dr. Dinesh Limbachia, Orthopedic (Gandhi Lincoln Hospital, Gujarat) says –
# Some people do not consult a doctor after a fracture. Get the bandage done after getting the advice of the nearest magistrate.
# In such cases, when the bandage is removed after one or two months, the bones may have been added, but not in the correct position.
# The power that your arm or leg used to work before the fracture will not be there even after such a mistake.
# Many times bones remain deformed throughout life.
# People do not fully understand the doctor’s advice.
# Doctors treat fractures in two ways. Either by applying plaster or by surgery.
# In both cases, it is said to take care for one to one and a half months.
# Asked to do medicine and exercise after surgery. It is said to take care of the part of the body where the operation is performed. It may take 4 to 6 months for the routine to remain the same after the fracture.
# Not getting proper care can lead to your infection.
# Adjacent joints may have stiffness.
# In the case of plaster, due to lack of proper care, the bones can move out of place and do not stick to the right place.
# Low intake of calcium and vitamin D.
# Calcium and vitamin D supplements are given after fractures, but sometimes their dietary sources – such as milk, green vegetables, eggs – are low.
# Alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco use for a long time.
# After fracture, it should be minimized.
# These things slow down the natural process of bone regeneration.
# This can lead to bones not being fully attached or delayed in the natural process.
# A few days after the fracture, the doctors call for a checkup but the patients do not go.
# It can take 4 to 6 months for the routine to remain the same after the fracture.
# At that time you have to go to the hospital at regular intervals. So that the process of bone attachment can be observed.
# In the meantime, the doctor will tell you if you need to change the medicine. So that the process of attachment to the bone continues normally.
# Must go for regular checkups.
Now you know what mistakes you need to avoid. But what are the tips given by the physiotherapists so that people can recover properly after breaking a bone? Physiotherapist Dr. Nishant Tejwani, Physiotherapist, Gujarat says –
# If plastered, fat rich food means less fat.
# Eat more calcium rich foods. Such as nuts, green vegetables, milk, cheese, etc.
# As the level of calcium in the bones increases, the bones attach faster.
# Patients should not remove plaster, straps or bandages without doctor’s advice.
# Do not massage or rub the area with any substance without doctor’s advice or should be stretched and straightened. If there is no movement in that joint, you should not try to bend yourself forcibly.
# Sunbathing is very important.
# Sunlight is needed to maintain bone vitamin-D.
# It provides vitamin D-3.
# Vitamin-D is essential for healing fractures.
# Sit in the sun for 20 minutes to half an hour between 11am and 2pm.
# When sunbathing, make sure the broken bone or the area is open.
# Keep clothes to a minimum so that your body is exposed to direct sunlight.
# The muscles become stiff when the plaster is opened. To overcome this, do the stretching exercises described by the physiotherapist.
# After the plaster is removed, the broken area becomes swollen and painful. At this time, apply a cold pack (ice) or hot pack as advised by your physiotherapist.
If you want to keep your bones safe after a fracture, keep these things in mind and follow them.