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Fracture Healing Timeline
Depends: How is the fracture being treated? Nonweight bearing, replacement, screws, or a rod? Can heal in 6 weeks to several months. ...Read more
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
Scaphoid fracture: This depends on the level of the fracture through the scaphoid and if you have surgery or not. Nonoperative distal waist-3 months, mid waist-4 months, proximal waist-5 months. Surgical treatment usually has a healing time of 3 months. These are severe injuries which should be managed by your orthopaedic hand surgeon. ...Read more
Varies: Varies somewhat based upon the fracture, but most heal by about 12 weeks. ...Read more
Cannot blink or smile on my right side after jaw surgery due to a fractured jaw? What is the healing time?
Tib/ fib or femur?: Healing times for ' broken legs' vary w/ which broken bone you are talking about (tibia, fibula, femur) and the location of the 'break ' in the bone (i.e. Midshaft femur requiring im rodding or proximal fibula fx. Requiring minimal treatment). A bit more specificity would be helpful... After saying that most heal between 8-12 weeks... Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: On the severity of the fracture on average 8 to 12 weeks for a mild fracture. ...Read more
On average 6-8 weeks: There are several factors that can affect healing a broken bone...severity of the break, bone that is broken, existing medical problems and how controlled they are (ie diabetes, thyroid disease, osteopenia, osteoporosis, low vitamin D, etc.), as well as smoking history. On average, it takes a simple fracture 6-8 weeks to heal. Sometimes longer if any of the above listed conditions exist. ...Read more
Healing time: The average healing time for a tibia fracture that did not break through the skin is 4.5 months. For fractures that are more severe or break through the skin the average time is increased to 5.5 months. ...Read more
Fracture: If displaced might need surgical repair. Will take about 6 weeks to heal before you can apply any weight followed by rehab for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
None: A broken collar bone and a fractured collar bone mean the same thing: there is a break or fracture in the clavicle (collar bone). ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with a small alvusion fracture of the lateral talar. What am I looking at as far as healing time? I have a boot to wear
It varies: A non complicated tibia fracture usually heals in any where between 6-12 weeks. If you have already had a tibia fracture which did not heal, which is what a nonunion is, it really depends on the nature of your problem and the type of surgery done. In the best cases scenario, it will heal in6-8 weeks. In the worst, it may not heal again. You would sure want to avoid nicotine and nsaids. Thanks. ...Read more
Length of time: Depends on type of fracute, location, smoking history, age. Simple greenstick about 6 weeka if not displaced. Longer variable if displaced. ...Read more
Depends: A lateral malleolar fracture is at the fibula. Typically fractures take 6-8 weeks to heal but the recuperation is dependent on if the fracture is displaced or not because that will dictate the need for surgery, the extent of immobilization and whether weightbearing is allowed or not. ...Read more
6 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6 weeks. Diabetics and smokers tend to heal more slowly. It also depends on which bone is fractured. A phalanx or metacarpal fracture should heal in 6 weeks or so, but a scaphoid fracture of the wrist usually takes more on the order of 8-10 weeks to heal. ...Read more
The pain in my fractured scaphoid has got worse in last week been in plaster for seven weeks been at work the whole time will this stop the healing?
Overuse: You need to discuss activity and use with your orthophosphate. Your activity may be preventing healing or suffering from nonunion or malunion despite immobilization. Increased pain not positive sign. ...Read more
4-6 weeks: Usually 4-6 weeks with splintingGet a more detailed answer ›
6-8 weeks: Usually 6-8 weeks, but typically we start motion at 3-4 weeks to prevent subsequent stiffness. ...Read more
Unpredictable: The healing time is very dependent on the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs at the time of the fracture. Compound fractures are those that have an opening in the skin associated with them, but it's not the opening but rather the amount of skin, tissue and bone loss as well as possible injuries to blood vessels and nerves that determines the time for healing. ...Read more
If an x-ray shows fractures in ankle (likely 2 wks old), is 10 days in a NWB boot enough time to allow for healing?
25 or 6 24.: Most fractures take a lot longer than (24) days to heal completely. Having said that, I suppose there are a few that can be stable enough to go without total immobilization for less time. Without seeing the X-rays, it would be hard to imagine that (24) days would be sufficient time to afford healing. ...Read more
Variable: 1/2 of fractures of the proximal pole are healed by 5 mo, middle fractures by 12 weeks and distal (end) by 6 wks. Failure to heal relates to instability of the fracture and whether or not the blood supply has been cut off. X-rays often do not show well the exact pattern nor stability. Ct scans are helpful in evaluating for plan of treatment. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: In general, the vertebral bodies should show significant healing in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more
Months: The scaphoid is a very slow bone to heal. Depending on your age and displacement of fracture, it may take months before the fracture appears healed on an xray. It is important to follow the fracture to make sure it heals, as the scaphoid may go on to nonunion (not heal), or avascular necrosis (loss of blood supply with eventual collapse). ...Read more
Can I resume smoking after 6 month of healing time for fracture on the midshaft femur bone? Or should I hold it for at least a year?
6 months: Can turn into a year and then for a lifetime. Any doctor who tells you or encourages you to do so should hold that advise. You have not been smoking for 6 months. The withdrawal from nicotine is gone, only the behavioral problem of "being used to" you have to contend with. Remember, smoking can still cause avascular necrosis of the femoral head and other bad things. I hope you stop smoking. ...Read more
What is expected healing time for displaced fracture lateral mall.? Surgery 5 weeks 4 days on nwb cast from 4 weeks x rays attached
8-12 weeks: The healing time for this fracture is around 8-12 weeks unless there are complication, I am sorry I could not se the x-ray. ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more