Vertebral fractures often go untreated. However, they are incredibly painful to live with, making basic tasks challenging to carry out. Visiting a private orthopedist and getting the right treatment for your bone injury is crucial for your long-term health.
But how do you know whether your bone is healing? We’re going to list some positive signs of recovery that you can look out for!
Although swelling around the broken bone can be scary and unsightly, know that it’s your body’s natural response to physical trauma. Swelling usually occurs around the site of a fracture, where a blood clot begins to form. It indicates that your immune system is sending blood cells to get rid of bone fragments and germs and clearing the way for a speedy recovery.
Blood vessels also grow at the site of fracture to assist the healing process. And with time, the immune system succeeds in fulfilling its duty, and you will find the swelling gradually reducing.
This is a positive sign, since your body is letting you know that no immediate response is needed any longer.
Bruising is a very common side effect of injuries, especially a bone bruise. A bone bruise usually occurs when a bone hits a hard surface, fracturing its outer layer. While there is no broken bone, the area underneath the bone starts to bleed, causing a dark bruise.
Although painful, with proper care, a bone bruise should lighten after two weeks’ time. You might even notice the color-shifting, and that’s because the bruise is in the process of slowly going away. However, if the bruise is the same color two weeks after the injury, you should get immediate medical attention.
This might sound obvious, but reduced pain is an extremely positive sign that your injury is starting to heal. With reduced pain, you will also begin to experience increased mobility, which is primarily due to all the factors mentioned above, making it easier for you to carry out daily activities.
Many doctors consider pain to be chronic if there is no improvement after three to six months. However, instead of waiting until the very last moment for treatment, it would be best to visit a private orthopedist immediately after an injury.
At Artroplastias, we provide round the clock care to our patients and pair them up with private orthopedists who can prescribe specialized treatments. Contact us today for more information or to book yourself an appointment.