Signs of a Fracture

How Is a Fracture Usually Treated?

Your healthcare provider will give specific instructions for fracture treatment. The METH method will likely be incorporated into their recommendations:

  • Movement of the injury: Flex and extend what you can, although you might have to keep the injury still to allow it to heal.8
  • Elevate: Raise an injured arm or leg above the level of the heart.
  • Traction: This is a technique where the injured individual uses weights and pulleys to pull the bone into alignment. This should only be done under doctor’s supervision.
  • Heat: Apply warm, moist heat to the area. Be sure it’s not too hot.

Try to avoid anti-inflammatory medications like Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen sodium) if you have a fracture. Anything that stops the inflammatory process, which is the immune system’s healing response, can slow down recovery.

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