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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.See 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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
If I am taking up to 210mg of codeine daily, is it safe for me to also take 1200mg of calcium with vitd to help heal a broken leg?
Yes: There is no reason you can not take the calcium and vit d.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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