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How Long It Takes For A Fracture To Heal
Depends: Elbow fractures come in all shapes and sizes. Some need no treatment and you could use your elbow even before the bones heal. In other cases where the bones are displaced surgery may be needed. An x-ray and an examination by an orthopedic surgeon will help make the diagnosis to start the correct treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends on fracture: Healing time depends on severity and location--how much cracking or separation of the bone ends there is and where in the scaphoid ( distal, waist or proximal pole). Non displaced fractures with a barely visible crack can heal in 6-8 wks in cast. More displaced ones can take 10-12 wks and some never heal without surgery. Surgery can shorten this: https://www.Jaaos.Org/content/15/8/474.Abstract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 10 weeks: A fractured femur should heal in about 10 weeks or so. Many factors can affect the healing time, including the health of the patient (smokers and diabetics may heal more slowly), and the type of femur fracture (shaft fracture versus hip fracture versus fracture closer to the knee), and the form of treatment may affect the healing time as well. On average, though, 10 weeks is a good estimate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on which bone is broken. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 to 6 weeks: Small hairline fractures can be clinically or functionally healed at about 4 weeks. More substantial fractures usually heal at about 6 weeks but there are some more difficult cases where delayed healing can take much longer. ...Read more
8 to 12 weeks: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions can prolong or delay this healing. Premature mobilization or weight bearing on the extremity could also cause delayed or non healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 months : Most heal in 3 months.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
8 weeks: In general, wrist fractures take about 6-8 weeks to heal. Most patients are allowed to resume full unrestricted activity after 3 months. However, not all wrist fractures are the same. More severe ones will take longer to heal, and patients with other medical conditions or who have poor bone density, may take longer as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Six weeks on average: It depends on what bone in the hand is broken. A scaphoid fracture (the most commonly fractured bone in the carpus (wrist)) generally takes 10-12 weeks to heal, but a garden variety fracture of a metacarpal (the big bones in the palm of the hand) or of a phalanx (the little bones in the fingers) should heal in about six weeks. The healing could be slower in a smoker or a diabetic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: This will depend on the type of fracture, degree of fracture, any open fracture or contaminated fracture and your general health and co-morbid conditons and medications. Bone usually heals in 4-6 weeks. It can be sooner or later. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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