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

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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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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


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How long will a broken bone hurt? I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts. It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

How long will a broken bone hurt?  I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts.   It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

Is cast too tight?: Sometimes, there is swelling after a cast is applied. Such swelling can be serious and cause ongoing pain. Generally, if your broken bone is casted correctly, there is not much pain on a non-weight bearing area. Are you using your arm too much or putting strain on it? Have you reinjured it? If not, please see your bone doctor in 24-48 hours. Make sure to say you are having pain!!! Good Luck ...Read more

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How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

Fractures: Depends on where the fracture is. Let us know what specifically you have fractured and we can be of much more assistance. Some fractures need surgery, others need a splint then cast, some need a cast and some need nothing at all. ...Read more

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When can you start working out agan after a broken bone cast off?

When can you start working out agan after a broken bone cast off?

Fracture: Really tough question to answer without more data. It depends upon the personality of the fracture. If only a minimal fracture, possibly 1-2 weeks before strengthening. ...Read more

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Can taking your cast before a broken bone is healed cause harmful damage?

Can taking your cast before a broken bone is healed cause harmful damage?

Yes.: When a doctor casts you, it is generally to keep your muscles from pulling at a bone as it heals. If you remove the cast, and your foot moves, the bone pieces may shift, and it may allow the bone to heal in a crooked position. You should keep your cast on as long as your doctor advises you to. ...Read more

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Can walking in my cast hinder my broken bone recovery?

Can walking in my cast hinder my broken bone recovery?

Amy fractures: Do better is loaded, some feet are actually worse ( especially in elderly with osteoporosis) if not loaded while healing. Much depends upon the fracture, pattern location and general health of the injured. If your treating provider allows then walk but find out what too much or too little is. Likely running a marathon is too much and sitting all day and night too little. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell you to treat a broken bone after several weeks out of cast?

How do doctors tell you to treat a broken bone after several weeks out of cast?

It depends: Generally with progressive stretch, strengthening, range of motion, to work on soft tissue strength and flexibility. ...Read more

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What happens after you get your cast off of the broken bone in your hand?

What happens after you get your cast off of the broken bone in your hand?

Exercise: It will take some time and exercise to regain strength and motion in after a hand fracture . Most of the time the exercises can be done at home but if the hand is very stiff working with a physical or occupational therapist may be of benefit. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a broken bone that was aligned in an orthopedic cast to still hurt?

Sure it can: However, sometimes bony prominences if not well padded can hurt, similiarly, certain nerves can be compressed. So, if the pain is persistant and doesn't go away don't be afraid to call your doc and just let them know what is going on. ...Read more

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If you have a broken bone, will an orthopedist put you in a cast the same day you go in?

If you have a broken bone, will an orthopedist put you in a cast the same day you go in?

Sometimes: Some fractures (broken bones) can be safely casted the same day. However certain fractures especially that require setting or have extensive swelling are better if casted once your swelling subsides and your orthopedist deems it appropriate and safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more