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How long does it take to heal broken metacarpal bones?

How long does it take to heal broken metacarpal bones?

6-8 weeks: Simple fracture of the metacarpal bone takes about 6-8 weeks to heel. That assuming the bone is not out place, our have any complication factors. ...Read more

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Dr. John Berryman
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Ionized Calcium (Definition)

Most calcium in the blood is bound to a molecule called albumin, and this calcium fluctuates depending on the level of albumin. The rest is "ionized" calcium and this is freely available for biologic processes. Labs used to only be able to measure total calcium - calcium bound to Albumin + ionized. Now we can measure ionized calcium and not be mislead that calcium is low ...Read more


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Can heat packs help heal broken bones?

Can heat packs help heal broken bones?

No: Heat will make the area feel better, but will not accelerate bone healing. ...Read more

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How long does a broken bone take to heal in cast?

6 weeks is typical: Cast immobilization usually allows the vast majority of broken bones to heal uneventfully in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What are some foods that help heal broken bones or fractures?

What are some foods that help heal broken bones or fractures?

Varies: There are not really any foods we know that help bones heal faster. We do know some things that can potentially delay bone healing including nicotine products and medications that inhibit inflammation ( inflammation is a part of bone healing and so to block it delays bone healing). Good question. ...Read more

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Do ankle bones that heal, heal back stronger?

Do ankle bones that heal, heal back stronger?

No: Studies show that a healed fracture has the same strength as the surrounding bone. It is neither stronger and weaker; the one caveat is that there are times during the healing process where it may be weaker and stronger, but once the healing process finishes, it is equal in strength. ...Read more

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Does drinking milk hel bone contusion to heal faster?

Does drinking milk hel bone contusion to heal faster?

Milk: Not necessarily. A good consistent diet that contains vit d and calcium is important in bone health. Adding more does not make bone heal fastet. ...Read more

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How long does it take for broken leg bones to heal?

How long does it take for broken leg bones to heal?

6-8 weeks: In a healthy individual, bone normally takes between 6-8 weeks. If the break is severe and resulted in gapping between the fracture fragments, it may take longer to bridge the gap. ...Read more

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How does a broken bone heal itself?

How does a broken bone heal itself?

Fracture healing: In general, there are 3 stages of fracture healing. Stage 1-Inflammatory Phase with hematoma formation. Stage 2-Repair Phase with bony callus formation. Stage 3-Remodeling Phase with consolidation of callus and return of relatively normal bone structure. ...Read more

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Why does bone heal faster than cartilage?

Why does bone heal faster than cartilage?

Regeneration: The answer is simple: your bone can regenerate whereas cartilage cannot. Once the cartilage is gone, it is gone. It can only be replaced by a live transplant. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a broken bone in wrist?

How long does it take to heal a broken bone in wrist?

Typically 6 weeks: Most routine wrist fractures heal in about 6 weeks. Unfortunately certain fractures like scaphoid fractures can take 2-3 months or more to heal due to the tenuous blood suppply of the bone. ...Read more

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Can taking a calcium supplement help heal a broken broken bone faster? If so, how much can be taken daily? And can any other vitamin/mineral help?

No: Your body will get calcium from other areas to heal a fx. So while it will not directly help heal faster, it is likely a good idea in general to take calcium supplements, especially women. ...Read more

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Willvitamins help heal a hairline fracture?

Willvitamins help heal a hairline fracture?

Yes: Vit c, vit d, and calcium are important for bone healing and remodeling. Take a good multivitamin such as those from new chapter, and also citracal + d. ...Read more

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How does the immune system help to heal a broken bone?

Very important: Inflammation is a major step in the healing process for a fracture. A healthy immune system is required to create a healing response through inflammation a recruitment of blood cells. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from broken collar bone?

How long does it take to recover from broken collar bone?

Collar bone: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal bone fracture with the external fixator?

Longer than usual: The external fixator usually used for unstable or compound fracture or badly comminuted ones, those fracture are difficult to heal because the amount of damage to the bone.8-18 weeks. ...Read more

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How much glucosamine/chondroitin to help heal a torn ligament?

How much glucosamine/chondroitin  to help heal a torn ligament?

Controversial: There is considerable debate over whether glucosamine works at all. I believe that it does help repair cartilage if taken at a dose of 1500 mg of glucosamine per day. The chondroitin probably does not help. There is almost no evidence that it helps torn ligaments. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Healthy Smile (Definition)

A healthy smile is one in which the teeth, supporting gum/bone tissues, and facial drape, are free from infection or damage, are stable, functional, and esthetic. If your smile does not meet these criteria please see a competent General Dentist for treatment and/or referral to the appropriate dental specialists. Seek quality ...Read more