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What is the longest recovery period for a broken bone?

What is the longest recovery period for a broken bone?

Varies: We in medicine frequently see non-union fractures, or fractures that just never heal. It depends on the type of fracture, your unique medical challenges, age, and usage. Most fractures have formed a good bone callus in 6-8 weeks. Healing then proceeds over the next 4-6 months with bone remodeling, in most typical limb fractures.

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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Can walking in my cast hinder my broken bone recovery?

Can walking in my cast hinder my broken bone recovery?

Amy fractures: Do better is loaded, some feet are actually worse (especially in elderly with osteoporosis) if not loaded while healing. Much depends upon the fracture, pattern location and general health of the injured. If your treating provider allows then walk but find out what too much or too little is. Likely running a marathon is too much and sitting all day and night too little.

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Are there any little tricks to speeding up the recovery of a broken bone? Any help is welcome, please... I'm a collegiate women lacrosse player, and broke my leg skateboarding 2 & 1/2 weeks ago. I completely dislocated my ankle, and fractured my tib/fib. I

Are there any little tricks to speeding up the recovery of a broken bone? Any help is welcome, please... I'm a collegiate women lacrosse player, and broke my leg skateboarding 2 & 1/2 weeks ago. I completely dislocated my ankle, and fractured my tib/fib. I

There: There is nothing in the current state of technology that accelerates bone healing. However, there are ways to slow it down. Too much activity too soon can cause motion at the fracture site that disrupts the healing tissue. Infection (more often with surgery, but can rarely happen without surgery) also delays healing. Smoking or any source of nicotine also slows bone healing, though I assume at your level of athletics, you are not a smoker. Anti-inflammatories (advil, aleve, aspirin, etc.) can be the hidden factor in a bone not healing and should be used sparingly, if at all. I agree that ligament healing after a dislocation is equally important with bone healing and can take longer. Some severe ligament injuries, such as the syndesmosis which holds the tibia and fibula together, can take more than 3 months to heal. While bone stimulators--devices that use electricity, magnets, or ultrasound to create an electrical field around the bone and promote healing--can help in people at risk for poor healing, they don't decrease healing time enough to get you back for the spring and do nothing to promote ligament healing that we're aware. It is very important to get good nutrition, including protein, calcium, and vitamin d for bone healing. It is also important to maintain whatever muscles you can by moving the parts that are not immobilized for the fracture/dislocation. While I assume the fractures occurred near your ankle, fractures higher in the leg also take a lot longer to heal, with the average time of healing being about 16 to 18 weeks for the midshaft tibia. Good luck with your recovery, but it looks like you're in a red shirt!

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Does a broken bone ever really heal completely?

Does a broken bone ever really heal completely?

Yes: Actually when bone heals completely it is stronger than original.

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How does a fractured bone differ from a broken bone?

How does a fractured bone differ from a broken bone?

It doesn't.: In basic terms, the two are interchangeable. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to!

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What are some recent advances in broken bone repair?

What are some recent advances in broken bone repair?

Many!: Some 'recent' advances in fracture fixation and healing include:the use of locked plating in osteopenic bone, the use of bone graft substitutes instead of the pts. Own bone (demineralized bone matrix and others)to speed the healing of fractures, precontoured plates for specific fractures. .. See your ors for other examples!

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Is it possible to break a bone and not know you have a broken bone?

Is it possible to break a bone and not know you have a broken bone?

Yes: Usually a fracture causes significant pain and swelling, alerting the patient and physician to the problem. Sometimes, though, fractures can be missed on radiographs and go undiagnosed. Other imaging studies can be helpful in those instances.

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Even if there are no visible marks, is it possible to have a broken bone?

Yes: Although rare to have a fracture or broken bone without swelling and bruising over it, it is possible.

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By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

Not always: Based on degrees of offset. Fractures need to be "set" if there is more than a 2 mm. Gap or obviously malaligned. The idea is to get the fragments as close together as possible, along with as normal alignment as can be obtained. If healed already, then revisiting the fracture is done only if it is causing some other problem.

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Debilitating pain and feels like a broken bone but then it goes away. What could be causing this?

Debilitating pain and feels like a broken bone but then it goes away. What could be causing this?

# of things: It could be any of a number of things. Your doctor should see you and do a history physical, possibly run some tests, then let you know what's going on.

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Can epsom salts be used for a broken bone?

Can epsom salts be used for a broken bone?

Epsom Salts: Epsom salt is a magnesium salt that can help relax muscles. I don't see how it could help with a broken bone unless you have a lot of muscle pain/guarding around the broken bone.

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How serious is a broken bone on a 82year old?

In this age every: Everything is serious, also it depend on the kind bone broken. In this age everything could tip the scale to the worse. Thank you.

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Is it normal for a broken bone to burn?

Is it normal for a broken bone to burn?

Yes.: A broken bone can give a variety of symptoms including burning, throbbing, swelling, warmth.

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Does beer make you heal slower? Broken bone

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.

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Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Why is it good to elevate a broken bone leg?

Prevents edema: Elevation of the leg prevents the development of edema or fluid which may complicate things.

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Broken bone is weak after healing than before?

No: If your fracture healed completely than the bone at your age is as strong as it was before it was broken. Not surewhich bone it was but it really doesn't matter. Muscles around the bone can be weaker if they haven't been used but not the bone. Gl!

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How long does a broken bone take to heal in cast?

6 weeks is typical: Cast immobilization usually allows the vast majority of broken bones to heal uneventfully in about 6 weeks.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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 (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