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how long does it takes to recover a broken bone?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
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, general health, associated conditions and many many factors. Average time for a nondisplaced fracture in a healthy adult is 6-8 weeks but full bone strength will be longer. There are times fractures r moved "early"when stable even if not healed.
Dr. Narmo Ortiz
Podiatry 27 years experience
Broken bone: Bone healing occurs at the same rate in most people, but if there are underlying metabolic conditions present, the rate of healing may vary from person to person.
Dr. Mena Mesiha
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
About 6 Weeks: In general, fractures take about 6 weeks to heal, but this could be longer for certain types of fractures and certain bones with poor blood supply. Also, the bone may be healed, but there is other tissue that is damaged that also needs to be considered in predicting recovery. If you think you have a broken bone you should see a doctor to do a history and physical and order appropriate xrays.

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