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Dr. Mark Einbecker
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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How long does it usually take a broken hand to heal?

Dr. Mark Einbecker
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
671K people helped
How long does it usually take a broken hand to heal?

Depends: If you can tell us what you broke that will help us give you an estimate as to the time healing would take. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
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How long will it take a broken hand to heal?

Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
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6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Hand fractures can lead to deformity and pain; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more

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Dr. Kent Chou
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
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How long should it take a broken hand to heal?

Dr. Kent Chou
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
18 years in practice
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How long should it take a broken hand to heal?

It depends.: Most fractures take between 6 to 8 weeks to heal. They may be healed enough to allow for movement much sooner, however, and may continue to remodel for months after healing has occurred. Other factors may include the type of fracture, the form of treatment chosen, and patient factors such as age. ...Read more

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal?

Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
20 years in practice
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4-6 weeks: Bones in the hand and fingers usually heal enough to resume motion and strengthening in 4-6 weeks. The bone will continue to heal and strengthen for a year. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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Dr. Raymond Raven
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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How long does it take a broken hand bone to heal? Do you think 6 weeks is a good estimate?

Dr. Raymond Raven
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
19 years in practice
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How long does it take a broken hand bone to heal?  Do you think 6 weeks is a good estimate?

4-6 weeks: Most fractures heal within 4-6 weeks. Some are healed enough to start gentle motion exercises within 3 weeks or so. Ask your orthopedic surgeon who can guide you through the healing process and make recommendations regarding safe level of activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
30 years in practice
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How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
30 years in practice
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How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

An older person: Who is otherwise healthy heals fine. Average bone healing time is 6-8 weeks but a nondisplaced fracture may be allowed to move at a few weeks while a comminyed fracture may need longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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How long does it take for broken hand bones to heal?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
30 years in practice
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How long does it take for broken hand bones to heal?

Broken hand bones: For simple uncomplicated fractures in fingers or the metacarpals ( long bones) take 6-8 weeks to heal, however some wrist bones such as the scaphoid and others may take longer as the blood supply in these is not as straightforward. Open fractures and higher energy injuries may take longer. The quality of the soft tisse and nerve supply and circulation in an injury zone may lengthen healing times. ...Read more

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Dr. Francine Yep
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How long will it take to partially heal a boxer's fracture (broken hand)?

Dr. Francine Yep
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
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How long will it take to partially heal a boxer's fracture (broken hand)?

4-6 weeks: Sending you mending thoughts!

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
30 years in practice
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How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

Hand fractures can: Take 6-8 weeks to heal for simple long bone ( finger and metacarpal) injuries. Wrist bones, open injuries, injury with significant soft tissue damage can take longer. Airline employee rules for return to work are often complex so make sure you talk to your employer and treating md to find out whether you can return in a splint or not. Its often not a straightforward answer. ...Read more

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