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How Long Will It Take For A Broken Wrist To Heal
Depends: Depends on the bones bronke, the extent of the break the nature of the break and the treatment you have recieved and any delay you had in treatment or diagnosis. If it is a navicular bone fracture, there can be difficulties. If there was a dislocation, that can cause problems as well. Make sure you have good follow up with an orthopedist or someone skilled in treatment of these fractures. ...Read more
About six weeks: Most distal radius fractures are headed enough to use after six weeks. Complete healing includes remodeling will take a year. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: Most wrist fractures will heal in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more
There are many: Variations depending upon the degree and severity of the fracture but a good ballpark figure is 8 weeks to heal but I always tell people that a fractured wrist functionally is a 3 to 4 month process of healing therapy and strengthening. ...Read more
Typically it: Takes 6-8 weeks for most. A nondisplaced hairline fracture can take less and a scaphoid can take longer. After a fracture it still may take a month or two to fell less swollen and stiff even when radiologicallt healed. Overall I tell most that it is a 3-4 month process. ...Read more
Variable: Depending on healing, 3-4 months for motion return, 6-8 weeks for straight wrist and 1 year for regular pushups. ...Read more
Writing should be: A thing you are doing now. As use of fingers and structures ie the muscles of the fingers that start in the forearm is good therapy and exercise even if still being treated. Writing does not just come fromthe wrist or fingers but the brain and the entire arm. One can write even with a pen taped to a cast without fingers! . The sooner one starts doing "normal" activity the quicker you feel normal. ...Read more
I had surgery for a broken wrist and torn ligaments or tendons about 6 wks ago. I can't turn a door knob. How long will it take to get better?
Varies: It varies quite a bit. Typically would at best be in the 8-12 week range. Make sure you follow up and follow the instructions of your surgeon, it would seem a little early to be doing things like turning a door knob at this point. Make sure you are being compliant. Your surgeon will be able to tell you more about your specific case. ...Read more
Months!: I usually tell my wrist fracture patients that it will take a year before they go through the day and don't think about their wrist. What ever the treatment, we use out hands so much that we are often aware of some discomfort for a long time. This does not mean you will not be able to use it for that long, just that it 'remind you' that it was injured. ...Read more
Immobilize: This is a strange question. Are you sure that it is broken? Fractures involving the wrist can be complicated and lead to permanent pain and disability so it is imperative that you seek proper evaluation and treatment. In other words, go see your family doctor or a hand specialist without delay! ...Read more
Broken wrist: Is a very big term. It can mean a hairline fracture in a bone tha heals fast or a displaced fracture in a bone that has bad blood supply. Simple nondisplaced fractures are casted for 3-4 weeks often but complex fractures in some bones of the wrist (that don't have surgery) can be casted for 9-12 weeks. The inure, the ;ovation, the pattern, health factors, smoking, all play a role in time to mend ...Read more
Wrist fractures: Generally take 6-8 weeks to heal meaning the fracture line is "gone" however a hairline fracture in a healthy adult may feel "healed@ ie pain free and be suitable for part time splinting after 3 weeks depending upon the circumstances. Children's fractures are different as kids heal faster and buckle fractures are technically stable. Still most buckle fractured are more comfortable casted. ...Read more
3-4 month process: After a fractured wrist one needs rehab also sire usually tell people it's a 3 to 4 month process. Hey there is depending on the severity of injury and what's the weather and it's a lot different when it's that simple fracture that's casted versus surgery but typically after about a week most people are no longer taking any pain medication. ...Read more
It does not need to: Pain does not have to continue for long after a broken wrist. As in other parts of medicine it hard to answer such a general question. What do you mean by a broken wrist? Broken distal radius? Distal ulna? Scaphoid? Was there an associated dislocation? Ligamentous injury? Nerve injury? Do you suffer from conditions that may delay healing? How was the break treated? And so forth... ...Read more
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