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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
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
My period came 9 days early. Went to the ER for a laceration&possible broken bone. Urine pregnancy test came back borderline and beta test was 0.6?
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
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 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
It doesn't.: In basic terms, the two are interchangeable. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to! ...Read more
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
Med eval: You may need to have it re-evaluated. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Xray: Pain and localised tendernees on the bone. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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