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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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