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A 46-year-old member asked:

Broken bones weaker after it heals?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 45 years experience
No, after it heals -: Completely, it as good as the others. Complete healing and consolidation of the bone might take several months. With age the healing process might slow down as well, but once they are healed, they are as good as new.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: Some bones can actually be stronger after they heal due to the extra bone that has formed to heal the fracture.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Do broken bones heal when someone is in a coma?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: Fractures can heal when someone is in a coma. However, people who are bedridden permanently or for long periods of time may often develop weakening of the bones, and often times have other co-morbid problems that accompany their comatose state, like certain nutritional deficiencies that might make them more prone to have fractures.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

When broken bones heal does it get itchy?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Not typical: This is not typical, but since every individual is unique, it may be that your body reacts in that way.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

How strong are broken bones after they heal compared to before break?

2 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Just as strong: Fractured bones, in an otherwise healthy, well-nourished person should heal uneventfully if the fracture is reduced and immobilized adequately for enough time to allow healing. The strength of the healed bone should be essentially equal to the strength before the injury occurred.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can heat packs help heal broken bones?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Mass
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
No: Heat will make the area feel better, but will not accelerate bone healing.
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