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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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 does a greenstick fracture take to heal?

How long does a greenstick fracture take to heal?

Average: Healing time is 4-6 weeks but could be more depending on the exact location and type of fracture. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

Fracture: Most bones with good blood supply that are capable of healing will mend within 6-8 weeks. Not all fractures heal easily though, which is influenced by location, displacement, age, health/nutritional status, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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For how long does a bone fracture take to heal?

For how long does a bone fracture take to heal?

Depends: Healing depends on age, younger person faster healing, and mineralization, slower with osteoporosis. Deformity at fracture site such as angulation or displacement increases tiem for healing. ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal. How long does a metacarpel fracture take to heal?

I fractured my third metacarpal. How long does a metacarpel fracture take to heal?

It depend on the: Location of the fracture if it is in the end of the bone or in the shaft 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does a trimalleolar fracture take to heal?

How long does a trimalleolar fracture take to heal?

Depends: This depends on several factors, including the severity of the fracture, whether it was open, whether surgery was done and if so, the type of surgery, and also associated medical conditions such as diabetes or smoking. A healthy patient should be well on the way to healing within 6 - 8 weeks, however the subsequent rehab which is required can take 1 - 3 months. ...Read more

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How long does a finger fracture take to heal?

How long does a finger fracture take to heal?

6-10 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6-10 weeks. This can be considerably longer for smokers, diabetics and for comminuted fractures or fractures with soft tissue injuries. ...Read more

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How long does a skull fracture take to heal in a baby?

8-12 weeks: Each child is different. Some kids recover fast and some take a little more time. They should do an x-ray a few days down the road to make sure she is healing properly. I'm hoping they did a cat scan when it happened to make sure she didn't have any bleeding in her brain which is somewhat common after a skull fracture. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does a compression fracture take to heal? Can radiation help?

How long does a compression fracture take to heal? Can radiation help?

3 months: The average time needed for a vertebral compression fracture to heal is 3 months. Radiation does not help. ...Read more

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How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

Depends: Depends on many factors how bad is the fracture and how good is the vitamin d level and of course all smokers heal slower
all fractures take about 2 years to go on to full healing and remodeling but most should be pretty darn solid by 10-12 weeks
with hands stiffness is a major issue post injury so early gentle range of motion is important. ...Read more

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On average How long does a spiral fracture take to heal? (Lower extremity)

Most fractures ~ 6wk: Most fractures heal in a bout 6 weeks. Reduced spiral fractures, in large part due to the broader surface area available for healing, heal enough to allow at least early motion and potentially partial weight bearing (fibula fracture) by 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured humurous take to heal?

Depends: About 6 wks to some stability / 3m0 to pretty good stability / 6 mo to really decent stability and ~ 24 months to full remodeling

smokers all heal slower and low vit d level hinders healing every once in awhile you will see nonunion which means it is not healing and won't without sig intervention
also depends on where in the bone the break is & how bad. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured vertebrate take to heal?

How long does a fractured vertebrate take to heal?

6 weeks- 3 months: The patients should be improving by 6 weeks. If not, then surgery (vertebral augmentation) can be very helpful.
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How long does a fractured humerus take to heal?

Fracture humerus: The average time for healing of the fracture is 6weeks. It may take longer if you smoke or have diabetes, osteoporosis. ...Read more

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For how long does a fractured shoulder take to heal?

For how long does a fractured shoulder take to heal?

Fracture shoulder: Usually will take 6 weeks to heal if you do not have osteoporosis ...Read more

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How long does a fractured hip take to heal?

How long does a fractured hip take to heal?

Depends: Really depends on fracture location, in regard to the hip anatomy. The manner of fixation and/or repair is determined by this fracture location, which then completely determines the expected recovery. Repair can include pinning, plate fixation, rodding, and/or replacing. Healing and/or recovery can be any where from 6 weeks to 4 months. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured arm take to heal?

How long does a fractured arm take to heal?

6 weeks: Most fractures will heal within 6 weeks, but sometimes less time, and other times more. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured sacrum take to heal?

8 to 12 weeks: Bone tissue takes awhile to heal. The sacrum may heal fine if there was a fracture that would be confirmed by a MRI if acute or at least documented that it occurred by bone scan that may still reveal a fracture that occurred but has healed for up to 1-2 years. If the injury was axial ie fall on buttocks, there can be a coccyx or disc issue. These fractures can also be due to osteoporosis ...Read more

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How long does a fractured toe take to heal?

6 wks: Just as any other fracture, the main phases of bone healing occur in 6 wks. People tend to take toe fractures for granted, but they heal just like any other bone. Bones even continue to heal and remodel up to a year. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does a fractured tailbone take to heal?

Can you tell me how long does a fractured tailbone take to heal?

Depends: Some people nad some bones heal faster of slower
in general it is at least 6 weeks to some early stability / 3 months to pretty good stability and at least 6 months to "full" healing although it can take a whole lot longer and to fully remodel bone certainly does take longer
good vit D level helps things to heal up a bit quicker IMHO ...Read more

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For how long does orbital fracture surgery take to heal?

Rapidly: The facial area is well vascularized and a good blood supply enhances healing. Facial fractures, even which requiring surgical assistance heal rapidly, generally over a period of 1-3 weeks. There can be some minor symptoms which last several months related to re-organization of the disrupted nervous system in the injured area. ...Read more

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How long does a scaphoid fracture typically take to heal?

Depends: This is a very persnickety bone and depending on where in the bone it was broke will determine the length of time to heal. Simple fractures can take several weeks and others several months. ...Read more

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How long does a wrist fracture surgery take to heal?

How long does a wrist fracture surgery take to heal?

About 6 wks: If the wrist is pinned, it will be fairly strong after surgery, but in most cases one will not want to use it a lot for about 6 weeks. It can be different from surgery to surgery, however, and the orthopedic surgeon doing the surgery can provide the best advice. In most cases, physical therapy will be prescribed to speed and improve recovery. ...Read more

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How long does a t10 or t9 fracture take to heal?

3 months: This is the usual time for fractures to heal. Smoking and some drugs can slow the process. ...Read more

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How long does a medial malleolus closed fracture take to heal?

How long does a medial malleolus closed fracture take to heal?

This depends.....: This depends on the severity of the injury not just to the bone but also to the soft tissues and associated joint. After bone healing has occured you may still have some joint swelling and pain. Return to full activity may take a number of months. ...Read more

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How long does it take a fractured skull to heal?

How long does it take a fractured skull to heal?

3-4 month: Most of the time that will be enough, if you have complications that is different. ...Read more

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How long does it take a fractured toe 2 heal?

How long does it take a fractured toe 2 heal?

Varies: In most cases it takes 6 weeks for a bone to heal.
If there is any type of illness or if there is continued toe motion it may take longer. ...Read more

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How long does it take a fractured foot to heal?

6 to 8 weeks: For normal non-displaced, stable fracture to heal in healthy individual if properly treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for fractured ribs to heal? Are there any huge risks of walking around with broken ribs?

How long does it take for fractured ribs to heal? Are there any huge risks of walking around with broken ribs?

Rib healing: No real good studies on rib fractures. They can hurt for weeks or longer depending on how bad the fractures are. Usually walking around is good. ...Read more

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How long does a double wrist fracture generally take to heal?

How long does a double wrist fracture generally take to heal?

About 8 weeks...: Most "wrist fractures" involve a break of both of the forearm bones at the wrist; usually only one of the two (the radius bone) is serious, however, and needs directed cast/surgery treatment. Each situation is very specific to the injury and patient and this question is important to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long will a compound fracture take to heal?

Compound fracture: Depends. A compound fracture has bone fragments piercing the skin. Healing depends on the general health, the severity of the fracture, the surgery, whether there is damage to nerves and vessels along with other soft tissue, and the occurrance of any complications. Healing may be delayed due to many factors. ...Read more

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How long will a metacarpal fracture take to heal?

4-6 weeks usually: Thes bones if in proper alignment and with proper splinting and care, will usually heal in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long can a hairline fracture take to heal?

It depend what bone: Large bones like femur it take 8-16 weeks, and location of the fracture shaft or end of the bone, the shsft of the bone take longer than the end of the bone. Some bone like navicular bone also take longer time to heal. ...Read more

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How long will a compound wrist fracture take to heal?

How long will a compound wrist fracture take to heal?

5-7+ weeks: The location and character of the fracture makes a difference how long a wrist fracture will heal.

Typically it takes 5-7 weeks, but compound fractures have more soft tissue injury which will sometimes delay the healing outside of this time frame. ...Read more

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Help please? How long will a wrist fracture take to heal?

Help please? How long will a wrist fracture take to heal?

Wrist fractures: Can heal bar ably depending upon which bone, how severe the injury and the health, age and associated condition of the region. A scaphoid can take 2-3 months but a radius only a few weeks to 8 weeks as a general response. ...Read more

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