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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

Dr. John Landi
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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 it take for a fractured arm to heal?

How long does it take for a fractured arm to heal?

8-12 weeks: Depending on type of fracture and location and general condition of host (healthy or multiple medical problems) fracture healing is variable but most heal in 10 weeks with sufficient strength to use normally. ...Read more

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Will a fractured arm ever heal to be the same again?

Will a fractured arm ever heal to be the same again?

Stronger: Actually it is believed that where a bone heals will actually be stronger, due to laying down of new bone material. ...Read more

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How long shoud a fractured arm be swollen for?

How long shoud a fractured arm be swollen for?

Weeks to months: Fractures affect the ability of the lymphatic system to effectively drain fluid out of an extremity. If could take weeks to months to equilibrate. ...Read more

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Can long term damage be caused by a fractured arm for a 16 month old?

Can long term damage be caused by a fractured arm for a 16 month old?

Fracture: Children heal very well. As long as there is no problem with bone alignment and no nevbe or vascular damage, there shouldn't be any long term damage. ...Read more

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What will happen if i take my cast off my fractured arm after 3 weeks and go back to work?

Potential problems: At three weeks the fracture has not healed. You could either rebreak the bone or the fracture could angulate, leading to difficultly with use of the arm. Trust your treating physician. ...Read more

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How long is the healing process for a fractured arm bone?

How long is the healing process for a fractured arm bone?

Varies: It varies with age, health, surrounding, and other factors. Very young children may heal a fracture in this little and 3- 4 weeks, while adults, average six weeks, with geriatrics eight weeks and longer.Healing is quicker with proper alignment and immobilization. Surrounding soft tissue damage and preexisting health issues often retard the healing process. ...Read more

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If my child has a possible wrist or arm fracture, when must I take him to er?

If my child has a possible wrist or arm fracture, when must I take him to er?

??signs??: Kids capable of waking off an injury will, they are more interested in playing & seldom stop unless something really hurts. If no obvious deformity or discoloration of the skin, you might watch it for a while & place a cool compress to help the pain & reduce the swelling. Do this only if the kid can make a fist & extend it & roll the hand back & forth. If not, get it checked now. ...Read more

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How do I fix my fractured arm?

How do I fix my fractured arm?

I agree: I agree with dr jones. Fractures are treated in different ways depending on several factors. Orthopedic surgeons are trained to evaluate and treat fractures appropriately. Follow your doctors advice. ...Read more

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How painful can a fractured arm be?

How painful can a fractured arm be?

See below: Pain is percieved differently by different people. I'd wager all would agree that a fractured arm would be painful. ...Read more

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Why might a fractured arm turn black?

Black is Black: More than likely the black you speak of is actually the black part of black and blue. This coloring is often seen in fractures and severs sprains. ...Read more

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Where can I find advice on a fractured arm?

Where can I find advice on a fractured arm?

Orthopedist: An orthopedic surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat arm fractures. Some internists, family practitioners and er physicians can also advise you. The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons website might also help (www.Aaos.Org). ...Read more

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How can you shower with a broken/fractured arm?

How can you shower with a broken/fractured arm?

Bag, cast guards: Depending on the type of immobilization you have and the recommendations of your physician, a well sealed garbage bag or specially made cast guard (on-line or at medical supply store) can be used for casts and splints. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have a broken or fractured arm?

They are the same: There is no difference between a break and fracture when referring to a bone. You need an x-ray to determine whether this has happened to you. Have it done asap. ...Read more

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What is a hairline fractured arm?

What is a hairline fractured arm?

Undisplaced: A hairline fracture is a fracture that has remained in place. In other words, the bone fragments have stayed in place. Usually that means that this was a low-energy injury. However, there are hairline fractures that are important and require treatment, such as fractures of the scaphoid. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a fractured arm?

What are the signs and symptoms of a fractured arm?

Pain, deformity: Pain is the most common sign after the fracture, swelling and deformities in the arm. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my daughter's fractured arm to still be painful 2 weeks after plaster came off?

Is it normal for my daughter's fractured arm to still be painful 2 weeks after plaster came off?

Not usually.: If your daughter broke her arm and was treated with a cast, usually the arm is not painful when the cast is removed. Casts are usually left on for about 5 weeks. If she did not have the cast on for 5 weeks, she might still be painful. I would recommend returning to the physician who removed the cast as she may need to have the cast put back on. ...Read more

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What happenes if you don't get treatment for a fractured arm?

What happenes if you don't get treatment for  a fractured arm?

It will heal, but...: Most fractures will heal no matter what. However, it's best to seek treatment with an orthopaedic surgeon to ensure that the bone heals in an appropriate position. If the bone heals in a bad position, called a mal-union, it may cause pain, joint dysfunction, or lead to arthritis or loss of motion. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for an x-ray and treatment. Healing will take about 6 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read more