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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. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the most commonly broken bone in football?

What is the most commonly broken bone in football?

The fingers.: The finger and hands bones are the most commonly broken bones associated with football. The nature of the game, being a collision sport, puts these bones at most risk. ...Read more

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What are the ways to enhance broken bone healing?

Healthy living: Calcium, not smoking, a healthy diet. Complete immobilization of the injured area with no movement at all of the broken bone. Vitamin d. A bone stimulator is something that can help with bone healing also. ...Read more

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What are my chances of infection with a broken bone?

What are my chances of infection with a broken bone?

Closed - unusual: If your fracture is not open (penetrating through the skin) the chances are highly unusual. If your break requires surgery the risks very minimally increase. ...Read more

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Will stopping smoking help in healing a broken bone?

Absolutely: I always advise my patients who have broken a bone in their foot that every time they smoke one cigarette they reduce the blood flow to their foot by 30% for several hours. An adequate blood supply is crucial for bone healing. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a broken bone in wrist?

Typically 6 weeks: Most routine wrist fractures heal in about
6 weeks.
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

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How does the immune system help to heal a broken bone?

Very important: Inflammation is a major step in the healing process for a fracture. A healthy immune system is required to create a healing response through inflammation a recruitment of blood cells. ...Read more

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What's the best way to speed healing of a broken bone?

What's the best way to speed healing of a broken bone?

Follow MDs direction: Your treating orthopaedic surgeon will work with oyu to maximized the healing potential for your specific fracture taking into account your overall medical well-being. Most fractures heal inabout 6 weeks. We really cannot "trick' mother nature and speed up the natural bone healing process. Avoiding issues that may slow down healing is best: wear splint/cast as directed and maintain a healthy diet. ...Read more

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What stage do you call for an ambulance for a broken bone?

What stage do you call for an ambulance for a broken bone?

2 sore 2 move or...: ...B carried 2 a car. Bone protruding from the skin or massive very painful swelling. (no helpful images). These r just a few. Also if no one able to drive you. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for broken bone?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for broken bone?

Nothing: Bone will heal at its own rate. Treatment involves aligning the broken ends so they heal straight. It can be done externally with a cast or fixator, or internally with surgical placement of pins, plates and rods. Which is done depends on many factors. ...Read more

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How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

Fractures: Depends on where the fracture is. Let us know what specifically you have fractured and we can be of much more assistance. Some fractures need surgery, others need a splint then cast, some need a cast and some need nothing at all. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken bone in the forearm to heal?

How long does it take for a broken bone in the forearm to heal?

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

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When can you start working out agan after a broken bone cast off?

When can you start working out agan after a broken bone cast off?

Fracture: Really tough question to answer without more data. It depends upon the personality of the fracture. If only a minimal fracture, possibly 1-2 weeks before strengthening. ...Read more

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How much time it takes to heal broken bone with out any treatment?

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

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How long should someone with broken bone in the elbow take off work?

How long should someone with broken bone in the elbow take off work?

Depends on job...: If you can work with one arm, than you don't have to take any time off of work. A properly immobilized fracture should feel fairly comfortable within a week or two. If you need to perform rigorous activity with the broken elbow, you may have to wait for bony healing in 6-8 weeks. Full function of the extremity may take 6 months or more to return, depending on the severity of the fracture. ...Read more

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Can taking your cast before a broken bone is healed cause harmful damage?

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

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Have my muscles around a broken bone deteriorated as a result of the break?

Have my muscles around a broken bone deteriorated as a result of the break?

Fracture: Your muscles haven't necessarily deteriorated but have decreased in their size due to the lack of use. When it comes to muscle, the saying "if you don't use it, you lose it" holds true. But no worries, if your fracture was treated correctly you should be able to make full recovery and regain your original muscle mass and strength. ...Read more

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What is the most commonly broken bone in the arm? Usually how is it broken?

Radius: The end of the radius on the forearm is the most commonly fractured bone. A fall on an outstretched hand is the most common mechanism. If I can be if further help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-Clarkeholmes ...Read more

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My husband had titanium rods put in his leg 7 years ago from a broken bone. Do these last forever?

My husband had titanium rods put in his leg 7 years ago from a broken bone. Do these last forever?

Yes.: Most implanted metallic stabilizers stay where they are placed for the rest of the patient's life. Very rarely do they ever need to be removed, and almost never cause pain due to irritation or break down. ...Read more

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