Healing a Sprained Wrist: Vitamin C, Niacin, and Wound Healing
My daughter sprained her wrist badly resulting in a trip to the emergency room for x-rays. She left with a splint and instructions to return to see an orthopedist and then for follow-up x-rays in two weeks. She got the standard medical advice: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. No medication or supplements other than anelgesics for the pain and inflamation.
I treated my daughter as follows:
4 g vitamin C every four hours until the vitamin C caused more discomfort than she was willing to deal with (her choice) She actually took 12, 16, or 20 g/day for a week
250 mg time release niacin every 6 hours until the onset of discomfort. She actually took 500 to 750 mg/day for 4 or 5 days
2 cal/mag/zinc tablets twice per day
2 chondroitin/glucosamine tablets twice per day
1 B-50 B-complex per day for a week
Two, 10,000 IU vitamin A tablets over the course of the week
One 10 minute session daily using a UVB lamp to produce plenty of vitamin D in her skin plus extra sunshine whenever possible
She healed up fantastically. She removed the splint after 72 hours of this treatment, and never sought follow-up treatment. Further x-rays proved unnecessary.
I found this incident frustrating. I do not know how to make best use of the supplements available in the grocery store to help with wound healing. There are no instructions on the labels or on-line. I'm not telling anyone that I think what I decided for my daughter is some kind of optimized treatment. I'm just doing the best I can.
What is everyone else doing - mainstream and alternative medical communities combined. No committee of healthcare providers could seriously come to the conclusion that supplements are of no use for healing a sprained wrist. These substances are in every supermarket for a reason. Vitamin C catalyzes the synthesis of collegen. Vitamin D and vitamin A build bones from calcium, magnesium, and zine. Chondroitin and glucosamine are vital building blocks of cartilage. All healthcare providers need to start using these supplements to support wound healing and they need to track the results so that our society can arrive at some best practices. All parents should be able to confindently use supplements to treat their children's wounds.
In the meantime, if you're wounded or caring for someone who is wounded, there is much to gain and little to lose by giving supplements a try. If you try, please leave a comment so readers can see what you did and learn from your experience.