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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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