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how long will a broken bone take to heal

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: Small bones usually take around 6 weeks while large bones like the thigh bone can take months, and months to heal even in perfectly healthy people.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
6-8 weeks: Fracture union in a healthy adult 6-8 weeks conditions, health, location, degree of injury, type of treatment, smoking, all play a role.

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Granberry
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6 weeks: While it takes 6 weeks for healing of the bone injury, most people have pain for longer. This is a very sensitive area. Pain for 3-6 months is not unc ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: Which bone broken? And young or old patient, it take between4 weeks up to 12 weeks. Good luck, thank you.
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6 weeks is typical: Cast immobilization usually allows the vast majority of broken bones to heal uneventfully in about 6 weeks.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6-12 weeks: Most fractures of the the foot ankle hand wrist and forearm heal in 6-8 weeks . Fracture of the tibia femur and humerus may take up to 10-12 weeks ( ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Usually 6 weeks: Fractures usually take about six weeks to heal, but will remodel over the next 12-18 months. This process is faster in kids and slower in the elderly. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
39 years experience Sports Medicine
Typically 6 weeks: Most routine wrist fractures heal in about 6 weeks. Unfortunately certain fractures like scaphoid fractures can take 2-3 months or more to heal due ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
26 years experience Sports Medicine
About 6 weeks: Bone healing takes about 6-8 weeks for 70% healing. Full healing can take 3 months or longer. An orthopedist should be monitoring it until full healin ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Miller
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
4-6 weeks: 4-6 weeks until use for activities of daily living without cast or brace. Up to 12 weeks until contact sports or heavy weight bearing or labor allowed ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
A fracture in adults: Varies in what one would consider " recovery" based upon location , mechanism of injury , the nature of the fracture, soft tissue , associated injury ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joe Wilkinson
44 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: A bone heals based on the location and type of fracture, as well as which specific bone and type of treatment. It can vary from a few weeks to many mo ... Read More

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