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How Long Does it Take for a Bone to Heal?

How Long Does it Take for a Bone to Heal?

And What Can Help Speed up the Process?

In general, it takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks for a broken bone to heal completely.

There are four steps to the healing process:

1) The formation of hematoma at the break

2) The formation of a fibrocartilaginous callus

3) The formation of a bony callus

4) The remodeling and addition of compact bone

Some ways that you can help speed up this healing process are: Increasing your intake of Vitamin C which will help boost collagen. Collagen is a protein which is an important building block for bones. Taking a Vitamin C supplement may help, but it is always wise to consult a doctor before taking any supplements. The best way to increase your Vitamin C intake is eating fresh fruits and veggies. 

Sourced from Medical News Today is a chart with the top 20 fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C.

 

Food Serving size Milligrams (mg) per serving Percent of 90 mg daily value (DV)
1 Guava, raw 1 cup, raw 377 419%
2 Sweet red pepper, raw 1 cup, raw 190 211%
3 Tomato juice 1 cup, canned 170 188.90%
4 Orange juice 1 cup 124 137.80%
5 Sweet green pepper 1 cup, raw 120 133%
6 Hot green chili pepper, raw 1 pepper, raw 109 121%
7 Oranges 1 large fruit 97.5 108.80%
8 Strawberries 1 cup, sliced 97.6 108%
9 Papaya 1 small fruit 95.6 106.20%
10 Pink grapefruit juice 1 cup 93.9 104.30%
11 Broccoli 1 cup, raw 81.2 90.20%
12 Pineapple chunks 1 cup, raw 78.9 87.70%
13 Potato 1 large vegetable 72.7 80.80%
14 Brussels sprouts 1 cup, raw 74.8 79.80%
15 Kiwifruit 1 fruit 64 71.10%
16 Mango 1 cup, raw 60.1 66.70%
17 Cantaloupe 1 cup 57.3 63.70%
18 Cauliflower 1 cup, raw 51.6 57.30%
19 Lemon 1 fruit 44.5 49.40%
20 White grapefruit ½ medium fruit 39 43.30%

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