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Broken Forearm Healing Time
How can I improve the healing of my broken forearm? Anything I should procure eating or avoiding? I'm already following docs instructions on the care
Smoking slows healing
take vit d ~ 1000 iu per each 25# body wt per day
and do as you are told by your surgeon
elevate the arm most of the time to avoid swelling and move the fingers as much as possible. ...Read more
12-16 weeks: It take some time longer than to healed it depends on the fractures. ...Read more
Forearm fracture: Most likely it would mean there is a break (fracture) in one of the two bones of the forearm, namely the ulna or radius. Depending on the location, type of fracture and amount of displacement or angulation will determine whether cast immobilization or surgery in necessary. ...Read more
About 6 weeks: Most fractures will heal in about 6 weeks. This type of fracture often requires a cast or other form of immobilization. There are some water proof cast materials, so you may be able to convince your orthopaedic surgeon to allow you to swim. Otherwise, you will likely need to wait until the cast comes out to resume swimming. It should be ok to participate in running, biking and other exercises. ...Read more
Depends on fracture:
Forearm fractures that are not displaced can typically be treated
in a cast for 6-8 weeks. Fractures in childreen where there is
displacement can be reduced and still treated in a cast.
Forearm fractures in adults with displacement typically require
surgical fixation with plates and screws to align the bone and
get the best results. ...Read more
Radius and ulna.: Described as the fracturing or breaking of either one or both of the bones in the lower arm or forearm. These bones are known as the radius and ulna. ...Read more
NSAIDs: After rest (immobilization), ice, compression (by cast/splint), and elevation, the next best treatment is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. This class of medication helps with swelling and pain. Although narcotics can help with break through pain, they do not assist with swelling which is the typical cause of pain, and of course, addictive with prolonged use or abuse. ...Read more
Fracture: Typically this is associated with pain and a specific mechanism of injury. An obvious deformity does not have to be present for a fracture diagnosis. Obtain an xray to be sure. Best of luck! ...Read more
Weight lifting: When you fracture your bones the healing time depends on the type and degree of fracture you had. Ordianrilt bones take 4-6 weeks to heal. I would be careful about lifting heavy weights too prematurely! ...Read more
Soft-tissue injury?: Sounds like a lot of soft-tissue damage. Be careful: even if xrays were read out as negative, be sure to have them viewed by an orthopaedic surgeon who has examined you. Clinical correlation is extremely important, for I have seen well over 100 fractures that were missed on initial x-ray report. Soft-tissue injury can cause pain and swelling for months. Start therapy early. ...Read more
A child that has had a broken forearm, had a rod inserted and later removed? Is the arm as good as new?
If not it will be: It's good to be a kid, they heal almost anything. Bone is a very simple organ, all it does is make more bone. Typically it takes about 6 weeks for a fracture to heal. Then another 3-4 weeks for the new bone to. ...Read more
Many: A lot depends on age, location, displacement, open or closed, comminuted or simple. Ur orthopedic surgeon will decide on how 2 treat ; many times this changes as the fracture is followed. Any loss of position may change the treatment plan. So anywhere from casting to reduction ; casting 2 surgical fixation, either external fix. Internal fix. ...Read more
See Neuro/Ortho MDs: Get seen by a neurologist for an emg/nct and s/he can monitor the progress. Your orthopdist would also be able to give you more information especially if the fractres were dealt with by open reduction and stabilization. ...Read more
Over night: Some time you could leave the same day if there is no complications. ...Read more
It depends...: Bone healing usually takes 6-8 weeks depending on the type of fracture. Each person has a different healing potential depending on age and overall health. Factors that may speed your recovery include: immobilization, elevation, good nutrition, follow your physicians’ instructions and do not smoke. ...Read more
Possible broken forearm? Not sure, but does seem very swollen. Can I wait until tomorrow when the doctor is open?
Yes but ice &elevate: As long as you're not having too much pain, numbness, tingling or loss of circulation, you should be ok to wait until tomorrow. However, if any of these symptoms occur or worsen, go the the emergency department immediately. Once you have had an x-ray, you'll know for sure if you have a fracture or not. For now, ice and elevate the extremity. Try to avoid using the extremity and take an nsaid. ...Read more
Has anyone had a child that has had a broken forearm, had a splint applied & then removed due to being too tight next day?
It happens: That is why it was a splint not a cast.Splints can be loosened when/if related swelling occurs. Sometimes keeping the arm up and cooled with cold compresses doesn't stop the swelling. Splints can be loosened to accommodate swelling at home, and re tightened as the swelling fades. After the swelling has gone down a cast may be applied if needed. ...Read more
Could be: While this could be a fracture, if it is knew it may be the way the bone grew. Will need more information to answer your question. ...Read more
Broken forearm surgery with plate and screws. Is that going to hamper normal growth in the arm if 12 years old?
Not typaclly: A both-bone forearm fracture usually involves the shaft of the bone and not the growth plates, at the ends of the bone. Growth abnormalities are uncommon with this diagnosis and treatment. Sometime the plates may have to be removed, but it's best to wait about two years. ...Read more
How long would you stay in the hospital for a head injury, a broken forearm, and a broken shin from bike accident?
Depends: The answer entirely depends on the severity of each of these injuries. A minor head injury with brief loss of consciousness or simple hairline fractures could be assessed and treated in the emergency room. Severe head injury with brain swelling might require days to weeks in the hospital, while complex fractures would require surgery and several days or more in the hospital. ...Read more
Good painkillers for a broken forearm (no surgery)? Prescription strength needed, or just motrin or something like that?
Depends on age:
This depends on the age and also on what part of the arm is broken.
For an adult the average is about 8 weeks, but will vary depending on which bone and even what part of the bone is broken. For kids the healing time is faster and the lower the age, the faster the healing. ...Read more
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