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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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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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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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. Bruce Evans
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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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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Teresa Carson
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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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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Richard Popowitz
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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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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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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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Dr. Daniel Mass
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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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Dr. Ronald Galyon
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Dr. Ajay Balaram
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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


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