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How Long Will It Take To Heal A Broken Leg
It's variable: It depends on which bone in the leg is broken, how bad the break is, if surgery needed to be done. There are a variety of factors that matter. In addition often people are allowed to start walking on the bone (depending on the bone, break, and what was done) even if it isn't 100% "healed". ...Read more
I want to know how long it would take for a broken leg to heal for that of a 60 yr old woman with an iron to support it inside the leg, thanks.
Complete in 6-12 mon: Healing rate varies somewhat among people but generally slower as we get older. Often a simple fracture needs a about 6-8 wks to heal. Healing starts soon after the injury/surgery but to be "solidly in place" may take about 2-3 months. You may start pt earlier with partial wt bearing, then increase slowly. Healing likely con't for about 1 yr. Consult your surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: In a healthy individual, bone normally takes between 6-8 weeks. If the break is severe and resulted in gapping between the fracture fragments, it may take longer to bridge the gap. ...Read more
Tibia or femur: Generally 8-12 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
Calcium intake: There are plenty of sources of calcium and depending on your age and sex you may need to be on form of calcium supplementation anyway. I am not aware that this form of therapy helps heal fractured bones though. I common source I recommend is caltrate which has calcium and vitamin d in it --often two a day. ...Read more
Yes, but poorly: Bone breaks vary as most other things in degree and also in location. (legs are not a precise area). But, for some, self healing might come close to being functional. To optimize recovery and minimize long term pain - medical attention is necessary. Seriously damaged bone may even be difficult to totally repair with extensive treatment. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more
Let it rest: Let it rest - get a cast or a boot if recommended. There is nothing else that you need to do immediately. You may need to go to pt once the immobilizaiton is off or you may help the part of the affected limb by doing some exercises to help preserve its functionality, but this will not necessarily affect the healing process of the fracture. ...Read more
Adequate splinting: Folks with broken bones in the legs can travel if the fracture is either adequately fixed or well immobilized so as to cut down on mobility at the fracture site. ...Read more
6-12 months: After a fracture in the lower extremity, swelling is normal for the first 4 months. After that the swelling is typically intermittent but can last longer and occasionally up to 12 months. Check with your physician for certain exercises to do for reducing some of the swelling. ...Read more
Ask your surgeon: Ask the surgeon that performed the correction and follow his or her directions. ...Read more
How long should I wait after recovering from a broken leg before going back on a professional trampoline, if ever?
See your physician: This question really needs to be answered by your treating surgeon, because the answer depends on the location of the break, the severity of the break, the treatment that was done, and any complications. Best wishes. ...Read more
How long before xarelto is out of my system? I have been on it for a year from a broken leg. I just stopped 2 day's ago
24-48 Hrs: Xarelto disappears from your system quite fast. I hope stopping xarelto was your doctor's orders as you should not stop it by yourself. ...Read more
Broken leg: Returning to an activity like skiing depends on the nature of your injury. It would be best to discuss this with your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more
I have lost the instructions for my 60mg codeine phosphate tablets, used as relief for my broken leg. How many is it safe for me to take in 24 hours?
6 per day max: The maximum dose is one tablet every 4 hours. ...Read more
An xray: Assuming the bone is not sticking out through the skin, an xray can usually diagnose a fractured bone. Sometimes, for subtle small non displaced fractures, a repeat xray in 2 weeks may show a healing fracture that could not be seen on the initial xray. ...Read more
Fracture: A " broken leg" is a term used to describe a fracture that has occurred in one of the bones that make up the lower extremity. ...Read more
Ask your doctor!:
A leg fracture is a serious injury. You need to seek medical attention from an orthopedic surgeon. He or she will advise you regarding what exercises you can do.
Having said that, the most important strengthening you can do is core strengthening. That is non weight bearing and can be done safely while recovering from your injury. Heal well. ...Read more
Could you tell me what good techinques are there for srcatching and taking a shower for a broken leg?
Caution: There are no good techniques for scratching because this would involve accessing an area which is not visible because it's under a cast or splint - and that is not recommended. Showering can sometimes be done with a garbage bag or similar protection to keep the leg dry. Ask whether you are appropriate to switch to a fracture boot, which would make it much easier to shower. ...Read more
ORIF: When an orthopedic surgeon repairs a broken bone by making an incision in the skin and then fixing the bones with plates and screws, this is called 'open reduction with internal fixation.' if pins alone are used to fix a bone without making a skin incision, this is usually referred to as a 'closed reduction with percutaneous pinning.'. ...Read more
If your leg has: Been casted- there is probably a lot of dry, dead skin that could not be exfoliated and shed like normal. ...Read more
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