Have you ever broken a bone? If you have, you aren’t alone! Every year in the United States, about six million people break a bone. Accidents happen, and it is important that you take the steps to let yourself heal.
Usher Khan is a medical assistant and registered orthopedic tech. As he continues to pursue his education in medicine, Khan is passionate about completing volunteer work and working as a science tutor. Today he shares the do’s and don’ts of healing a broken bone.
- Do not try to heal the limb yourself. If you break a bone, you should head to an emergency room or urgent care clinic where a medical professional can set the bone properly and make sure you don’t develop and infection.
- Do take pain medicine that is prescribed to you. For the first few days, you will experience some pain.
- Elevate and rest the broken limb.
- If there is an itch inside the cast, don’t try to scratch it. Your skin is vulnerable without it’s normal oxygen supply, so cutting your skin could pose a problem.
- Don’t get the cast wet.
- Do make sure the cast isn’t too tight.