I would like to share the testimony of how my niece was healed of a broken arm – quite a serious double fracture – when she was 6 years old. She fell whilst playing on a playground and my sister (her mum) took her to the emergency unit at the hospital immediately. After the first x-ray, the doctor was very negative and said that it might not be possible to fix her arm again, as two bones were broken and it would be very difficult to fix.
My sister phoned me that same day. At the time I was living in the Netherlands and she lived in France. As she told me the story I could hear the distress in her voice. I knew a miracle from God was needed, so I offered to ask for prayer for her in our church and said that my husband and I could pray over a handkerchief that I would send her in the post.
“So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out from them.
The same week, I sent her a letter with scriptures: JOHN 14:13-14
“…and whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it
“That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
My niece wore the handkerchief around her arm, and my sister read the scriptures to her. This way, they got to know more about Jesus, and my niece even liked wearing the handkerchief. It was really special for them and a real support. The doctor estimated that the plaster should stay on for 6 weeks and had asked my sister to come back after two weeks for another x-ray and check-up. They wanted to do the check-up to make sure that the bones hadn’t moved. This is quite a common complication that makes a complete healing difficult.
The doctor couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the first x-ray; he said that the arm was in great condition, the bones hadn’t moved, which was very surprising, and he was amazed by the fast progress of the healing. My niece had to keep the plaster on for another two weeks, after which they took another x-ray and concluded that the arm was completely healed. They decided to remove the plaster, and by the look on the doctor’s face you could see how impressed he was by the quick and uncomplicated healing of a fracture of this kind.
It was a great testimony for my family, also for the kids. They experienced the power of healing and prayer. My sister is very thankful to our church. She was aware that something special had happened when we prayed and ever since then, she has always asked me for prayer for her kids, friends or family when needed. Our prayers are not in vain. Praise the Lord for this miraculous healing and may many more follow.
In Jesus’ Love, Frances
Have you experienced having broken or wounded relationships? Do you want God to heal those relationships?
Every person is unique and created differently by God. Each of us has a distinguishing mark, quality or characteristic in our body, temperament or personality make-up, mindset, habits, inclinations, and choices. No two persons are created exactly the same even identical twins. As such, we carry ourselves differently and approach things and life accordingly.
Inside the basic unit of the society which is the family, the married couple relate to each other as husband and wife. Out of this covenantal union before God, they produce offspring. Parents relate in a certain way to children and vice versa. Depending on the spiritual maturity and character of parents, they rear, nurture, and nourish their sons and daughters in the ways they were raised up by their own parents. They have a set of beliefs, guidelines, and standards in enacting discipline and instilling good moral and spiritual values to their kids.
However, as their children reach a transition called adolescence, more often than not, they act out and rebel against their parents and family for one reason or another. Relationship between parents to children is affected. If left unresolved, the son or daughter will reach adulthood and build his own family having a wounded relationship with father or mother or both and worse yet, with other siblings.
Either the husband or wife within the marriage life will encounter problems perhaps with the health, career, finances, or personal struggles within. Relationships will be challenged as each spouse struggle to remain or leave the marriage. Divorce, legal separation or annulment is the result of marital conflicts. Each in turn re-marries repeating cycles of pattern that last a lifetime.
Relationships with relatives, in-laws, and extended families are also severed as hurting people hurt people. Causes of relational problems include the areas of money or inheritance, legal conflicts, jealousy, envy, greed, miscommunication and misunderstanding, breached confidences, gossip, slander, conspiracy, division, abuse (verbal, physical, sexual included), sickness, shame, dignity, honor, and generational /family issues.
Every individual attended school, contracted work or built up a business. Relationships developed within these spheres can also be wounded with another set of causes or reasons. It can be competition, favoritism, performance-orientation, success drive, crab mentality, violations inside contracts or mere misunderstandings among students, classmates, teachers, employers, employees, clients, and contractors.
When we step inside the church or ministry, relationships among believers, ministers and church leaders, co-workers and attendees are not also perfect. Usually inside the Christian circles, the conflicts are because of sins, judgments, accusation, condemnation, self-righteousness, spiritual arrogance, questioned integrity, controversial doctrines and disciplines and immorality, among others.
Friendships created since childhood until later age are not exempted from wounding. In fact, the most painful of all relationships is the one where lies, betrayal, loss, abuse, and desertion between friends took place. Even Jesus Himself was betrayed and left by His supposed to be loyal disciples and friends.
If you have experienced wounded relationships, there is still hope for you. God is still in the business of redeeming and restoring relationships.
The first step towards healing broken relationships is to reconcile with God by accepting His Son Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior. When He has entered your heart, He can help you heal the first relationship you need to start with—with Father God.
Get to know Him through His Word and His presence. Establish a deeper relationship with Him. When you set your heart and relationship at right with God (vertical relationship—you and God), He will fix and heal your wounded relationships (horizontal relationship – you and others)
As you commune with God day by day, He will heal your own wounds. Once you are healed and made whole, you will be able to pray about your broken relationships. Humility, sincere forgiveness, and wholehearted love are needed to be released to those who offended you and those you have hurt.
List down the names of each person and the issue or concern related. One by one through prayer, forgive, release, and declare a special blessing for each of them. Ask God also for forgiveness for your sinful reactions for their offense or sin. Remember not to blame, complain, criticize, judge, condemn, belittle, uncover, or curse them but just speak blessings to them.
Forgiveness does not depend on feelings if we want to forgive them or not but true forgiveness is an act of the will. We may truly forgive but do not force yourself to forget what happened. Do not re-live or contemplate on the painful memories. Ask God to remove the pain, trauma, shame, grief, terror shock associated with it.
You will know that you have truly forgiven if when you are reminded of the person and your heart will not throb so hard and you will not feel any agitation, irritation or untoward feelings. You will not even rehearse their litany of offenses. And when faced with that specific person, you are able to look him in the eye and feel light or normal towards him.
At this point, you need not approach each person you had problems with in the past. Allow God to change his heart and continue on praying and blessing him.
If you reached a point that you are then ready to face each person, strengthen your spirit, soul, and body and seek God’s will, heart and intention for that person. Surrender the relationship to God and He will go ahead of you to speaking to him that it is time to make right the relationship.
Like in the story of Jacob and Esau, Jacob cheated and stole the birthright and their father’s blessing from Esau, his older brother. Jacob had relationship problems also with his father-in-law, Laban. It is only when Jacob encountered God and wrestled and prevailed against God, that he was changed from being a cheater to becoming a prince of God. Even his name was changed to Israel that became the chosen nation. (Genesis 25)
Eventually, God has worked also in the hearts of Esau and Laban to reconcile with Jacob in the end.
Set your heart towards God and He will redeem your friendships and relationships. You may use this prayer for healing a relationships as a pattern—
“Almighty Creator and Father God, I humbly come before You now asking You to forgive me from all my sins. Set aright my heart towards You. I admit all my sins, weaknesses, and shortcomings, please cleanse my heart and spirit from all impurities like what You did in the heart of David in Psalm 51 when he confessed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah. Create in me a pure heart O God, renew a steadfast Spirit within me, cast me not away from Your presence and do not take away Your Holy Spirit from me.
I respond to Your invitation for an intimate relationship with You. Teach me so that I may know Your heart and show me Your ways everlasting.
I ask You now to heal all my wounded relationships—family, extended families, friendships, and those relationships at school, work, business, church, and ministry. I forgive them ___ (mention each name and each offense) and forgive me also for all my sinful judgments and reactions towards them ____ (mention your sinful reactions for each person).
Cleanse all of us now Lord and restore our relationships. Speak to me now and to them and I entrust to You each person that You will also heal them and they will forgive me as well. I declare blessings for them ____ (mention blessings for each person) and I thank You and glorify You for all the good things they have done for me and for my benefit _____ (mention each wonderful thing from each person).
By the blood of Jesus, we are now cleansed and healed. Continue doing Your work in our hearts until you set and appointed a time for us to meet face to face and redeem the relationships.
In humility, sincerity, and purity of heart, I bow down to You in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. I worship You, praise and adore You for Your goodness and kindness to all of us. Manifest Your presence and orchestrate events so that all wounded relationships will be healed from now on.
I pray for protection for these relationships being restored that the enemy will not enter to steal, kill, and destroy and will not retaliate and do backlash to any one of us. I plead the blood of Jesus to all of us and I declare Psalm 91 over our lives.
Thank You God for hiding us under Your wings. Come quickly to save and rescue us. I love You with everything within me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Rejoice right now as God begins to heal your being and your relationships with others. Leave us a comment below on how this prayer article ministered to you and your friends. We would love to hear from you and we will appreciate your ideas on prayers for healing you want us to include in the future in this website.
Here is a Prayer for Healing Finances
Here is a Prayer for Restoration of Marriages
Here are some bible verses on physical Healing
This article was co-authored by
Laura Marusinec, MD
. Dr. Marusinec is a Board Certified Pediatrician in Wisconsin. She received her M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1995.
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In this Article:Going to the HospitalManaging a Fracture at HomeSeeking RehabilitationCommunity Q&A20 References
Fractures, or broken bones, are a common injury in the United States and around the world. In fact, the average person in a developed country can expect to sustain two fractures during their lifetime. Nearly 7 million fractures are reported each year in the U.S., with wrists and hips the most affected areas. The vast majority of fractures need to be casted by a health professional to heal properly, although there are many things you can do to help the healing process along.
Part 1 Going to the Hospital
- See a doctor immediately.
If you experience significant trauma (fall or car accident) and feel severe pain — especially in conjunction with a cracking sound or swelling — then head to the nearest hospital or walk-in clinic for medical attention. If a weight-bearing bone is hurt, like in the leg or pelvis, then don’t put any pressure on it. Instead, get assistance from someone nearby and get a ride to the hospital, or call for an ambulance to come pick you up.
- Common signs and symptoms of a broken bone include: intense pain, a visibly deformed or misshapen bone or joint, nausea, limited mobility, numbness or tingling, swelling and bruising.
- X-rays, bone scans, MRI, and CT scan are tools that doctors use to help diagnose broken bones and their severity — small stress fractures may not show up on x-ray until the related swelling abates (up to a week or so). X-rays are most commonly used for the diagnosis of traumatic fractures.
- If your broken bone is considered complicated — there’s multiple fragments, the skin is penetrated by the bone and/or the pieces are grossly misaligned — then surgery will likely be necessary.
- Get a cast or support.
Before a broken bone can be casted, sometimes it must be put back together and straightened to its original shape. In many cases, the doctor will use a simple technique called “reduction”, which involves pulling on the ends of the bone (creating traction) and manually fitting the pieces together.
With more complicated fractures, surgery is required and often involves the use of metal rods, pins or other devices for structural support.
- Cast immobilization with a plaster or fiberglass cast is the most common treatment for a broken bone. Most broken bones heal quicker when properly repositioned, compressed and immobilized. Usually the doctor will initially put on a splint, which is like a partial cast typically made of fiberglass. A full cast will usually be put on in 3-7 days after most of the swelling is improved.
- Casts are made of a soft padding and a hard covering (such as plaster of Paris or more commonly, fiberglass). They usually need to stay on for between 4-12 weeks, depending on which bone is broken and how badly.
- Alternatively, a functional cast (such as a plastic boot) or a supportive brace may be used instead of a hard cast — it depends on the type of fracture and its location.
- Take medications.
Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin can be short-term solutions to help you deal with pain or inflammation related to your broken bone.
Keep in mind that these medications can be hard on your stomach, kidneys and liver, so it’s best not to use them for more than 2 weeks at a stretch.
- Kids under the age of 18 should never take aspirin, as it’s associated with Reye’s syndrome.
- Alternatively, you can try over-the-counter pain killers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), but don’t take them concurrently with NSAIDS without talking to your doctor.
- Your doctor may give you a prescription for more powerful medications while at the hospital if your pain is severe.
Part 2 Managing a Fracture at Home
- Rest your injury and ice it.
Once you’re discharged, you’ll be told to elevate your broken bone and ice the area, even with the cast or splint on, in order to help decrease swelling and inflammation.
Depending on your job and which bone is broken, you’ll likely have to take some time off to recuperate. You might also need crutches or a cane for support.
- Total bed rest is not a good idea for most stabilized fractures because some movement (even in surrounding joints) is needed to stimulate blood flow and healing.
- Ice should be applied for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours for a couple of days, then reduce the frequency as the pain and swelling subside — never apply ice directly to your skin, wrap it in a thin towel first.
- Put some weight on it.
In addition to some light movements in the joints surrounding your broken bone, putting some weight on it after a week or so can be beneficial — especially for weight-bearing bones of the legs and pelvis. Make sure your doctor lets you know when to begin weight bearing. Lack of activity and complete immobilization, in proportion with the time spent healing, will induce loss of bone mineral, which is counterproductive for a broken bone trying to regain its strength.
Some movement and weight bearing seems to attract more minerals to the bones, which makes them stronger and less apt to break in the future.
- There are three stages to bone healing: reactive stage (a blood clot forms between the two ends of the fracture), repair stage (specialized cells begin to form a callus, which spans the fracture), and remodeling phase (bone is created and the injury is slowly resculpted into its original shape).
- Broken bones take several weeks to several months to heal, depending on the severity and your overall health. However, the pain usually disappears before the fracture is stable enough to cope with the demands of normal activity.
- Take proper care of your cast.
Don’t get your plaster or fiberglass cast wet, as it will weaken and no longer properly support your broken bone.
If need be, use a plastic bag to cover the cast when you bathe or shower. If you’re wearing a plastic compression boot (commonly recommended for stress fractures of the foot), make sure you keep it pressurized properly.
- If your cast makes your skin itch, don’t poke anything underneath it, as a sore could form and then develop into an infection. See your doctor if your cast becomes wet, cracked, or has a bad odor or drainage around it.
- Exercise the joints that aren’t covered by the cast (elbow, knee, fingers, toes) to promote better circulation. Blood caries oxygen and nutrients to tissues.
- Consume the necessary nutrients.
Your bones, like any other tissue in your body, need all the appropriate nutrients in order to heal properly. Eating a balanced diet rich in minerals and vitamins is proven to help heal broken bones
Focus on eating fresh produce, whole grains, leans meats and drinking plenty of purified water and milk.
- Minerals such as calcium and magnesium are important for bone strength. Rich food sources include: dairy products, tofu, beans, broccoli, nuts and seeds, sardines, salmon.
- Avoid consuming things that may hamper your healing, such as alcohol, soda pop, fast food and food with lots of refined sugar.
- Consider taking supplements.
Although it’s best to obtain essential nutrients from a well-balanced diet, supplementing with key bone-healing minerals and vitamins will ensure you meet your higher requirements without increasing your caloric intake. More calories combined with less activity usually leads to weight gain, which is not a healthy outcome after your bone heals.
- Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium are the primary minerals found in bones — so find a supplement that contains all three. For example, adults need between 1,000 – 1,200 mg of calcium daily (depending on age and gender), but you may need a little more due to your broken bone — consult with your doctor or nutritionist.
- Important trace minerals to consider include: zinc, iron, boron, copper and silicon.
- Important vitamins to consider include: vitamins D and K. Vitamin D is crucial for mineral absorption in the gut — your skin produces it for free in response to strong summer sunshine. Vitamin K binds calcium to bones and stimulates collagen formation, which aids healing.
Part 3 Seeking Rehabilitation
- Seek out physiotherapy.
Once your cast is removed, you may notice that the muscles surrounding your broken bone look shriveled and weak. If that’s the case, then you need to consider some form of rehabilitation. A physical therapist can show you specific and tailored stretches, mobilizations and strengthening exercises for your injured area.
Physiotherapy is usually required 2-3x per week for 4-8 weeks to positively impact an area that’s experienced a broken bone. Often the physical therapist can give you exercises to do at home, and you may not need to return many times.
- If need be, a physical therapist can stimulate, contract and strengthen your weak muscles with electrotherapy, such as electronic muscle stimulation.
- Even after your cast or brace is removed, you may need to limit your activities until the bone is solid enough for normal activity.
- See a chiropractor or osteopath.
Chiropractors and osteopaths are musculoskeletal specialists who focus on establishing normal motion and function within joints, bones and muscles.
Manual joint manipulation, also called an adjustment, can be used to unjam or reposition joints that are misaligned or stiff due to the trauma that caused your broken bone. Healthy joints allow bones to move and heal properly.
- You can often hear a “popping” sound with an adjustment, which is not at all related to the sounds related to a broken bone.
- Although a single adjustment can sometimes completely restore a joint to full mobility, more than likely it will take 3-5 treatments to notice significant results.
- Try acupuncture.
Acupuncture involves sticking thin needles into specific energy points within the skin / muscle in efforts to reduce pain and inflammation (helpful for the acute phase of a broken bone) and to potentially stimulate healing.
Acupuncture is not commonly recommended for healing broken bones, and should only be considered as a secondary option, but anecdotal reports suggest it can stimulate healing for many different types of musculoskeletal injuries. It’s worth a try if your budget allows for it.
- Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture reduces pain and inflammation by releasing a variety of substances including endorphins and serotonin.
- It’s also claimed that acupuncture stimulates the flow of energy, referred to as chi, which may be the key to stimulating healing.
- Acupuncture is practiced by a variety of health professionals including some physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and massage therapists — whoever you choose should be certified by NCCAOM.
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How can I have fun with a cast?
If you broke your dominant arm, teach your other arm how to write. Or get a waterproof cast and swim with it. It may not be healthy for the fracture if you swim too aggressively, however.
I was given a brace when the cast was removed. Should I wear the brace all day?
Follow your doctor’s orders. Some people wear the brace for a week and then wear it as necessary if they have any discomfort.
When I start swimming again after having my cast removed, should I maintain a slow speed?
Yes. Over a couple of weeks, gradually build up to your regular swimming pace.
What can I do for a 2-year-old who had her arm pulled too hard?
If the child having trouble using the arm after a little time has passed, go to the doctor. Otherwise, the discomfort should pass without any special measures.
How many hours a day do I wear this boot on my foot? Do I sleep in the boot?
Ask your doctor how many hours a day you should wear the boot, as it depends on your personal situation. Most people do not sleep with the boot on.
I fell off of the bars in gymnastics (the high kind) and landed on my ankle. I heard a pop. My ankle is swollen and red, and it hurts to walk on it. Should I see a doctor? Is it a sprain or a break?
Yes, most likely it is probably fractured/sprained. You need to consult a doctor for your ankle.
My collarbone is damaged. I am doing workouts – could this be harmful?
If you have a problem with your collarbone, you should consult your doctor. Exercising may exacerbate the injury and prevent it from healing correctly.
How many days should I rest to let my fifth metatarsal bone heal?
Healing times are different for every fracture and break. Only your physician can tell you how much rest is required.
What do I do if a broken bone is not healing well?
You should contact your doctor and ask for information on how to help it heal faster.
It’s been 4 months I broke my femur bone but still can’t tolerate any weight on it. Why is this?
Femur bones usually take 12 – 18 months to recover. Have patience and visit a physiotherapist.
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- Always keep follow-up appointments with your doctor to make sure your bones are healing properly, and always let your doctor know if you are worried about anything during the healing process.
- Don’t smoke, as it’s proven that smokers have more difficulty healing broken bones.
- Osteoporosis (brittle bones) greatly increases the risk of broken bones in the limbs, pelvis and spine.
- Reduce repetitive motions because it can fatigue muscles and place more stress on bone, resulting in stress fractures.
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