Anupam Kher sustains a hairline fracture; He knows everything about the treatment, causes and recovery
Hairline fractures need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid further problems. (Image: Instagram)
Hairline fractures may not be as serious as complete bone fractures, but they still require proper attention and care.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher recently suffered a hair fracture while filming his upcoming movie Vijay 69. He shared the news with his fans through a social media post, giving a glimpse of his treatment. “You make a sports movie and you don’t get hurt! How can this be possible?”, he captioned his post. Hairline fractures are often the result of activities that involve repetitive stress or twisting and bending movements, such as running, jumping on hard surfaces, gymnastics or dancing.
Also called a stress fracture, it is a small crack in a bone that usually develops due to repetitive stress or overuse rather than sudden injury. Unlike more serious fractures, hairline fractures do not cause the bone to break completely. These fractures usually affect weight-bearing bones, such as the bones of the foot or lower leg, but they can occur in any bone in the body.
Hairline fractures can be caused by a variety of factors, including mild trauma, osteoporotic bone, and occasionally in patients with carcinoma. It is more commonly seen in children due to their active lifestyles. These fractures occur when there is a break in one of the cortices (margins) of the bone, which is known as a uni-cortical break.
Hairline fractures can be difficult to diagnose initially, as they may not cause immediate, severe pain. However, over time, the symptoms can gradually intensify. Common signs of a hairline fracture include:
- Localized pain that worsens with activity or pressure.
- Swelling and tenderness around the affected area.
- Mild bruising or discoloration.
- Difficulty bearing weight or using the affected limb.
Treatment of a hairline fracture generally involves rest and immobilization of the affected area to facilitate bone healing. Your doctor may recommend the use of crutches, braces, or casts to immobilize the affected area and facilitate recovery. The duration required for healing depends on the severity and location of the fracture. Healing time for minor hairline fractures is usually a few weeks, while more severe fractures can take several months to heal.
Additionally, a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and protein is crucial for bone health and healing.
The recovery period for a hairline fracture varies depending on several factors, including the severity and location of the injury, general health, and adherence to treatment recommendations. While some hairline fractures can heal in a few weeks, others can take several months.
During the recovery phase, it is important to:
- Avoid putting excessive stress on the affected area.
- Gradually increase activity levels as recommended by your doctor or physical therapist.
- Attend follow-up appointments to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
- Keep a positive mindset and seek support from loved ones or healthcare professionals if needed.
Early diagnosis, followed by proper treatment and diligent adherence to the recovery plan, is crucial to a successful healing process. Remember, each individual’s recovery timeline can vary, so it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional for the best guidance.