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How long will it take to heal a broken leg?

How long will it take to heal a broken leg?

Few weeks: 6-8 weeks for adults. Children usually in a about a month. ...Read more

Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Broken Leg (Definition)

A " broken leg" is a term used to describe a fracture that has occurred in one of the bones that make ...Read more


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How long does it take for a broken leg to heal for an adult one?

How long does it take for a broken leg to heal for an adult one?

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

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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.

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

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How long does it take for broken leg bones to heal?

How long does it take for broken leg bones to heal?

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

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Do I need to increase my calcium intake to help heal a broken leg?

Do I need to increase my calcium intake to help heal a broken leg?

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

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Can a broken leg heal without medical attention?

Can a broken leg heal without medical attention?

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

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What could I do to help my broken leg heal faster?

What could I do to help my broken leg heal faster?

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

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How long before I go back to work after a broken leg?

Could be months: Of course depends on the job and on the level of the fracture, but usually able to walk without a cast or crutch by 6 weeks for minor fractures and it may be 4-5 months for a tibial fracture walking without a cast or crutch.. ...Read more

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How can I take a broken leg on a trip?

How can I take a broken leg on a trip?

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

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Hi docs, would a toddlers broken leg heal ok?

Hi docs, would a toddlers broken leg heal ok?

Yes: Yes it will heal but needs to be seen by orthopedist or pediatrician for evaluation. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for swelling to go down on a broken leg?

How much time does it take for swelling to go down on a broken leg?

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

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How long should I wait after recovering from a broken leg before going back on a professional trampoline, if ever?

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

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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

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

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How long do I have to wait before I can ski on my broken leg?

How long do I have to wait before I can ski on my broken leg?

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

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Help, I can't sleep because of broken leg with no cast. Anything I can take?

Help, I can't sleep because of broken leg with no cast. Anything I can take?

You can support the: Leg with a brace. Immobilization is key. You can use towels wrapped around your leg and something as simple as a broomstick on the inside and outside of your leg wrapped with a bandage to hold he leg still. Ice NSAIDs and Tylenol (acetaminophen) will also help. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken leg?

How can you treat a broken leg?

Fracture Dependant: It depends on the bone that is fractured, the site of the fracture, and the pattern on the fracture. Treatment can range pain medication and crutches with limited weight bearing, to a brace or case, or to surgery with internal or external fixation. ...Read more

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What should I do with a broken leg?

What should I do with a broken leg?

Pool exercise: Swimming is great to rehab after cast is off or incision have healed.
Always as your activity decreases, adjust your diet accordingly
work on your range of motion as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a broken leg?

How can I tell if I have a broken leg?

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

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How can I stay active with a broken leg?

Certainly: You can work your upper body with weights or weight machines. You can do sit-ups and core type exercises. Swimming could be done if you have a waterproof cast or removable splint. Sometimes even riding a stationary bike is possible. ...Read more

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Can you advise for pain due to broken leg?

Can you advise for pain due to broken leg?

There are many: Options. Auricular Acupuncture can be excellent for pain in this situation. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to recover from a broken leg?

How difficult is it to recover from a broken leg?

Sholdn't be: If a simple fracture, with proper treatment, splinting or casting and crutches, etc, this shold not be a difficult recovery. ...Read more

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Will a broken leg keep my child from growing tall?

Will a broken leg keep my child from growing tall?

Not necessarily: A nasty break through a growth center may result in some leg shortening on the affected side if not properly treated. Most breaks that receive proper attention will have no effect on final adult height. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Broken leg?

What is the definition or description of: Broken leg?

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

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Can a broken leg make that leg shorter as the child grows?

Can a broken leg make that leg shorter as the child grows?

Not necessarily: A nasty break through a growth center may result in some leg shortening on the affected side if not properly treated. Most breaks that receive proper attention will have no effect on final adult height. ...Read more

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Sir please suggest me the way to join internally broken leg.

Varies: There are a number of ways to treat a displaced fracture of the leg including reducing and applying a cast, fixing it with pins or plated or screws; or using an intramedullary rod or a device known as an external fixator. Choice is based on specific fracture type. ...Read more

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What is best way to recover from broken leg with steel inside?

What is best way to recover from broken leg with steel inside?

See below: When cleared by your physician begin an aggressive supervised physical therapy regimen. ...Read more

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I need exercises that can be done while not putting weight on a broken leg?

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

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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

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What can help a person with a broken leg walk?

Physical therapy: After the leg has healed adequately, physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles and reteach how to walk again. ...Read more

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What is the term used to describe the procedure to place pins/screws to repair the broken leg?

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

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What is the proper emergency first aid for a broken leg?

Splint: Apply a splint or tie it to the next finger, toe or extremity. In case of neck, apply a cervical collar but leave it until medics come if you are not sure. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is my skin really dry after having a broken leg?

Help docs? Why is my skin really dry after having a broken leg?

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