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Pain After Broken Bone Has Healed
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
Immobilize: Keep it immobilized and allow the bones to regrow at the edges and find each other. If there is nonunion, speak to your ortho and ask as there may be a cause and something may need to be done. ...Read more
Usually: It does depend on the bone fractured and the severity of the fracture. Is it a simple break or is the bone shattered for instance? A fractured spine is different than a fractured toe. ...Read more
6-12 weeks: Most fractures of the the foot ankle hand wrist and forearm heal in 6-8 weeks. Fracture of the tibia femur and humerus may take up to 10-12 weeks (longer in some cases). ...Read more
Usually 6 weeks: Fractures usually take about six weeks to heal, but will remodel over the next 12-18 months. This process is faster in kids and slower in the elderly. Certain fractures heal faster than others. Non-displaced fractures heal faster. ...Read more
When someone has a previously broken bone heal in the wrong position, how do they break the bone to fix it?
First we call for: A tow truck, then we tie a long chain to the bone.... Actually a surgeon doesn't "break" the bone by some violent mechanism. Ether the fracture is carefully dissected out and the healing bone is removed to reveal the original facture pattern or a combination of small drrills, saws and sharp chisel like tools called osteotomes are very precisely used to cut the bone where needed and planned. ...Read more
Not likely: After five years the healing process is done without any more intervention. ...Read more
It probably depends:
On amount and frequency of alcohol consumed. Minimal/moderate amounts may or may not affect healing, but overuse of alcohol can impair healing of organs, various injuries, etc.
Professional help is available for alcohol use disorders. Please seek evaluation with mental health, such as psychiatrist/psychologist for assistance with alcohol symptoms. ...Read more
Typically 6 weeks:
Most routine wrist fractures heal in about
Unfortunately certain fractures like scaphoid fractures can take 2-3 months or more to heal
due to the tenuous blood suppply of the bone. ...Read more
About 6 weeks: Bone healing takes about 6-8 weeks for 70% healing. Full healing can take 3 months or longer. An orthopedist should be monitoring it until full healing to avoid problems such as mal union or non union. ...Read more
On average 6-8 weeks: There are several factors that can affect healing a broken bone...severity of the break, bone that is broken, existing medical problems and how controlled they are (ie diabetes, thyroid disease, osteopenia, osteoporosis, low vitamin D, etc.), as well as smoking history. On average, it takes a simple fracture 6-8 weeks to heal. Sometimes longer if any of the above listed conditions exist. ...Read more
Yes.: When a doctor casts you, it is generally to keep your muscles from pulling at a bone as it heals. If you remove the cast, and your foot moves, the bone pieces may shift, and it may allow the bone to heal in a crooked position. You should keep your cast on as long as your doctor advises you to. ...Read more
Depends: It depends if the bone is in good alignment and position so that the ends are together. ...Read more
I have a broken bone in my wrist for 2 years, I didn't feel much pain so I didn't know it was broken until few months ago I checked. Does it ever heal?
Already has: There is a condition called nonunion of a fracture, but if you're not having any symptoms from it, nothing needs to be done. ...Read more
Broken hand bones: For simple uncomplicated fractures in fingers or the metacarpals (long bones) take 6-8 weeks to heal, however some wrist bones such as the scaphoid and others may take longer as the blood supply in these is not as straightforward. Open fractures and higher energy injuries may take longer. The quality of the soft tisse and nerve supply and circulation in an injury zone may lengthen healing times. ...Read more
The best thing is to have: The normal well-balanced diet and keep being in good health. Do not take excessive vitamins or minerals and make sure you have a normal healthy intake of protein fats and carbohydrates. Make sure there aren't any deficiencies in your diet that made one at risk to an injury. ...Read more
How does cancer chemotherapy affect the healing of a broken bone? Will the bone have to heal after chemo?
How can I get my broken bone, the tuberosity at the end of the 5th metatarsal in the foot, to heal quickly?
Speeding bone healin: Getting bones to heal quickly is difficult and the person who figures this out will win a nobel prize, in the meantime, maintaining alignment of the fracture segments is the single most important factor in healing properly and quickly. Some surgeons advocate the use of electrical bone stimulation. Growth factors are not routinely used for primary uncomplicated fractures. ...Read more
Can taking a calcium supplement help heal a broken broken bone faster? If so, how much can be taken daily? And can any other vitamin/mineral help?
No: Your body will get calcium from other areas to heal a fx. So while it will not directly help heal faster, it is likely a good idea in general to take calcium supplements, especially women. ...Read more
Can a ligament tear in my hand heal by itself. I have a broken bone a partial tear of one ligament and a complete tear of another?
After 2 months of accident doctor detected in. Mri that I have humerus fracture. Is now there chance to heal the broken bone after 2 months.
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more
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
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