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A 48-year-old member asked:

How long is it supposed to it take a broken wrist to heal?

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Dr. David Whiddon
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 23 years experience
6 weeks: Typically it takes 6-12 weeks for the bone to heal. It depends on your overall health. If the wrist is immobilized in a cast it may be stiff for a month or so and may require therapy to regain full function.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Typically it : Takes 6-8 weeks for most . A nondisplaced hairline fracture can take less and a scaphoid can take longer. After a fracture it still may take a month or two to fell less swollen and stiff even when radiologicallt healed. Overall i tell most that it is a 3-4 month process.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a typical broken wrist to heal?

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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
6-8 weeks: Most wrist fractures will heal in 6-8 weeks.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a broken wrist to heal?

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Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
8 wks: Depends bone biologically heals 6-8 weeks if all goes well. However the xray and physical exam will determine healing.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How long does it take a broken wrist to heal completely?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
About six weeks: Most distal radius fractures are headed enough to use after six weeks. Complete healing includes remodeling will take a year.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long will it take for a broken wrist to heal?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: Depends on the bones bronke, the extent of the break the nature of the break and the treatment you have recieved and any delay you had in treatment or diagnosis. If it is a navicular bone fracture, there can be difficulties. If there was a dislocation, that can cause problems as well. Make sure you have good follow up with an orthopedist or someone skilled in treatment of these fractures.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from a broken wrist?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
12 weeks minimal: If minimally displaced or easily reduced, 6 weeks in a cast and 6 weeks of rehab. If displaced and slipping, then you should have surgery. Recovery is about 12 weeks after surgery.

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