I can see why it might sound logical that calcium supplementation could help broken bones
heal faster. After all, bones are made of calcium, right? So feeding them calcium should speed up healing.
Unfortunately, that's not how it works.
Unless you have a pre-existing calcium deficiency (not likely in an otherwise healthy 16-year-old boy), taking calcium will not help your bones heal. The process of bone healing is called "remodeling." Your body removes dead bone cells and builds new ones in their place. This process occurs on a pretty predictable schedule. For common fractures, like the one you describe, the remodeling process normally takes 6 to 8 weeks.
Unfortunately, your son will just have to wait this out. What will
help the bones heal on schedule is not engaging in activities that put stress on the areas of the fracture. Resting the hand (to keep the fractures stable) will allow the body to do its remodeling job and get the bones back to normal.
Wishing you well!
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