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How long does it usually take a radial fracture to heal?

How long does it usually take a radial fracture to heal?

Radius Fracture: It may depend on the location fracture and if if involves the joint as well as the stability of the fracture. Fractures generally take 6 weeks for healing.

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Dr. Mark Pack
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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 radial head fracture to heal after surgery? Had surgery on January & still get pains

How long does it take for a radial head fracture to heal after surgery? Had surgery on January & still get pains

Bone healed: Certainly by now the bone should be completely healed. You should see your surgeon to make sure and ask if Physical Therapy might be needed to rehab the arm.

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I have a comminuted fracture to the radial head in my right elbow. It's been 9 months and I'm still in pain. How long does this take to heal?

I have a comminuted fracture to the radial head in my right elbow. It's been 9 months and I'm still in pain. How long does this take to heal?

Radial head fracture: Heals in the same time frame as most bones in most healthy persons 7-8 weeks. Pain can be from the severity of the fracture and joint and tendon mal alignment, elbow ligament problems, joint stiffness, and a host of other issues. Speak to the treating physician.

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When the radial nerve is damaged in a fracture, how long would it take for it to recover; and is there a way to hasten the recovery process?

When the radial nerve is damaged in a fracture, how long would it take for it to recover; and is there a way to hasten the recovery process?

Nerve damage: nerve damage may be be permanent which means no improvement of your symptoms especially after 6 months expect little improvement.

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Hello. I'm a front line Police officer and have fractured both elbows. Radial hairline fractures. How long should I have off work?

Hello. I'm a front line Police officer and have fractured both elbows. Radial hairline fractures. How long should I have off work?

Hairline fractures: Typically heal over 6-8 weeks and the pain improves in 4 weeks or so. It may take you up to 6 weeks to be able to do the things you do on the front line. I usually let pain be your guide but overall I would suggest at least a month of light duty. God bless you and thank you for your service.

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How to treat radial head fractures & how long until you can return to hard sports?

Depends: Non-displaced fractures of the radial head are managed without surgery. If fracture is displaced, surgery to repair or replace the fractured radial head. Fractures that need to heal require approximately 6 weeks to consolidate, with gradual rerun to activities to follow. Heavy work of sports typically done safely at 3 months.

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I had a fractured radial neck and it was put in cast for twoweeks. New and longer hair have appeared over my injured elbow after two months. It is clearly hairier than the otherelbow. Is it normal?

I had a fractured radial neck and it was put in cast for twoweeks. New and longer hair have appeared over my injured elbow after two months. It is clearly hairier than the otherelbow. Is it normal?

Yes: It is not unusual for hair growth to come in under a cast. People with real light hair will often have dark hair. This will all return to normal after the normal cycle of hair growth and falling out.

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How long should I experience pain for with a nondisplaced radial head fracture of the elbow?

6-8 weeks: Generally it take about 6-8 weeks for this fracture to heal. Being over 50, if you have any osteopenia it may take a little longer. It is really important that you continue to work on being able to straighten your elbow! Do not let it get stiff in the bent position. You should work on the range of motion at lease a couple of times a day. Just let pain be your guide as to when and where to stop

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I had accident last year, had fracture in right arm, so got my radial head removed and doc put a nail an wire around, for how long can I keep it inside?

I had accident last year, had fracture in right arm, so got my radial head removed and doc put a nail an wire around, for how long can I keep it inside?

It depends: From your description of your accident and injury, it's sounds like you had a radial head resection and some other forms of internal fixation. Orthopedic plates, screws, rods, wires and pins are commonly used surgically. They can typically be left inside your body without harm, but may require removal if they become noticeable or symptomatic. Presence of metal internally is not a problem.

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Could you please tell me what it means by "there is no interval change in alignment of the distal radial metadiaphyseal fracture with mild scierosis?

Stable: That means that there is a fracture of the radius, that there is some signs of early healing (mild sclerosis), and that the alignment is stable when compared to the previous film. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor.

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Symptoms of radial head fracture?

Pain: Most commonly falls on the wrist, forearm or elbow can result in a radial head fracture.Symptoms are ususally pain in the elbow and mild swelling (if isolated).Painful supination (palming up)is usually present. Occassionallly these can not be seen well on initial radiographs. See your ors if pain in your elbow persists after a fall. Very common!

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Two weeks ago I fell and fractured my radial head bone. Why doesn't it seem to be getting any better? Should I be concerned?

Probably OK: Most radial head fractures can be treated conservatively. As long as you have seen an orthopedic surgeon, and he or she recommended conservative treatment, then you are on the right track. That being said, pain can be present for 4-6 weeks of this process. Continue range of motion, and avoid heavy lifting or gripping to maximize results.

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My 23 year old brother just fractured his arm and damaged his radial nerve following a fall from about 7ft. Should I be worried about a bone tumour?

My 23 year old brother just fractured his arm and damaged his radial nerve following a fall from about 7ft. Should I be worried about a bone tumour?

Probably not: Falling 7 feet will definitely provide enough force to cause those injuries. If he had a bone tumor predisposing him to the fracture, the doctor would have seen it on x-ray. I hope he has a quick recovery.

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How do I know it is a radial neck fracture?

How do I know it is a radial neck fracture?

Pain &mobility: Usually you pain in the elbow and limited mobility. Of course you have to x-ray to confirm it.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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