Ever broken a bone? Or watched a sporting match where a player has had a fracture? Often the medical commentator will indicate that the player will be out for about six weeks through injury. How do they know this?
As an osteopath Melbourne we see many patients with broken bones and sprains. The obvious question asked is ‘how long will it take to heal?’
The short answer is that we are all human, and so therefore our bones generally heal at the same rate. There is some research that indicates we can heal bones faster by exercising, having a good diet and avoiding smoking. This makes sense, but generally these improvements will not markedly vary from what we can achieve biologically. That is, if a bone normally takes six weeks to heal, following a strict regime won’t cut this to three or four weeks.