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How strong are broken bones after they heal compared to before break?

How strong are broken bones after they heal compared to before break?

Just as strong: Fractured bones, in an otherwise healthy, well-nourished person should heal uneventfully if the fracture is reduced and immobilized adequately for enough time to allow healing. The strength of the healed bone should be essentially equal to the strength before the injury occurred. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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Will broken bones ever repair as strong as before the break?

Will broken bones ever repair as strong as before the break?

Yes: If you're a healthy child or adult, with no vitamin or mineral deficiencies, most fractures actually heal stronger at the break site than they were before the fracture. The new bone, called callus, once hard, is often some of the strongest bone in the body. ...Read more

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Do broken bones in the leg grow back stronger after they are break?

Do broken bones in the leg grow back stronger after they are break?

Not usually: A leg bone fracture will appear on x-ray to have more calcium in the healing area (for a while), but a bone's strength depends on the microscopic structure inside the bone, not just the amount of calcium. In a growing child, a well-healed bone can be stronger 6 months after the break, than before the break, because the child is now older so all his bones should be stronger than 6 months earlier. ...Read more

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Broken bones weaker after it heals?

Varies: Some bones can actually be stronger after they heal due to the extra bone that has formed to heal the fracture. ...Read more

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Are broken bones just as strong once healed?

Are broken bones just as strong once healed?

Yes: After a reasonable period of healing time the bones are just as strong. Some bones heal faster while others take longer. ...Read more

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How long does for two broken bones in the arm to heal?

Eight weeks: Usually take between six to eight weeks for an adult, children heal a lot faster depending upon the age. ...Read more

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When broken bones heal does it get itchy?

Yes. I believe its -: Due to the skin cells under a cast or a splint, which accumulate under the cast/splint, causing itching. Normally without such covering, the skin cells fall off, during normal activities. After the fx heals and cast is removed, with normal washing, the skin cells are removed, so itching decreases in a few days. ...Read more

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Do broken bones heal when someone is in a coma?

Do broken bones heal when someone is in a coma?

Yes: Fractures can heal when someone is in a coma. However, people who are bedridden permanently or for long periods of time may often develop weakening of the bones, and often times have other co-morbid problems that accompany their comatose state, like certain nutritional deficiencies that might make them more prone to have fractures. ...Read more

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Can heat packs help heal broken bones?

No: Heat will make the area feel better, but will not accelerate bone healing. ...Read more

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Relative is currently in the hospital for broken bones and internal bleeding, will he heal?

Relative is currently in the hospital for broken bones and internal bleeding, will he heal?

This is a question: that is best suited for your relative's physician. There is not enough information available to answer this. Take care. ...Read more

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What are some foods that help heal broken bones or fractures?

What are some foods that help heal broken bones or fractures?

Varies: There are not really any foods we know that help bones heal faster. We do know some things that can potentially delay bone healing including nicotine products and medications that inhibit inflammation ( inflammation is a part of bone healing and so to block it delays bone healing). Good question. ...Read more

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How should I address broken bones?

How should I address broken bones?

Orthopaedic eval: Broken bones can be addressed in many ways. Most fractures take about 6 wks to heal. Non-displaced fractures usually require immobilization. Displaced fractures require closed (manipulation) or open reduction (surgery). Fractures involving the joint surface often require surgical fixation. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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How might one exercise with broken bones?

How might one exercise with broken bones?

Carefully.: You can stay active and exercise even with an injury, but you do have to modify your activities. If it's your leg or foot that's broken, work your upper body with weight or abdominal work. If it's your arm or hand, go for brisk walks and do leg work-outs. Bottom line: ask your doctor how much you can do, and never compromise your balance! you'd hate to fall and break something else! ...Read more

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How are broken bones treated in the 1920s?

How are broken bones treated in the 1920s?

Treated close w cast: Closed fractures were usually treated with plaster of Paris casting, possibly with wedging to correct angular deformities ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of broken bones?

What are some of the symptoms of broken bones?

Pain upon palpating: Localized pain in the affected are associated to loss of function and edema or swelling. Persistent pain in an injured bony area despite usual conservative treatment with r.I.C.E. (rest, immobilization, cold compresses, elevation of the area). ...Read more

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What complications can result from broken bones?

What complications can result from broken bones?

Depends: Fractures that involve the joint surface may increase chances of arthritis and joint stiffness. Fractures can take longer to heal (delayed union), may heal in poor position (malunion), or may not heal at all (nonunion). All of these issues can have numerous sequelae. If you have a question about any of these, ask a more specific question. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of broken bones?

Trauma: Most bones are broken as the result of trauma such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, or work injuries. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more