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Will calcium supplement help to heal broken bones faster? What will speed the healing?

2 broken bones in the right hand of my sixteen year old son.  the break is vertical so less likely to shift.   

 

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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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This answer is true.  Most fractures, especially of bigger bones will take 6 to 8 weeks.....Smaller bones like those of the fingers and/or wrist will only take 4-5 weeks. Just gotta baby them. The body is made to heal itself.  Just let it

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