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What is the typical healing time for a broken arm?

What is the typical healing time for a broken arm?

Depends on age: This depends on the age and also on what part of the arm is broken. For an adult the average is about 8 weeks, but will vary depending on which bone and even what part of the bone is broken. For kids the healing time is faster and the lower the age, the faster the healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Balaram
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read more


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How can I tell my broken arm is healing?

How can I tell my broken arm is healing?

X-RAY THE ARM: Physical examination could help to identify healing, but x-ray is best way. ...Read more

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How much time will my broken arm hurt?

How much time will my broken arm hurt?

Variable: Everyone is a little different in terms of how long discomfort after a broken bone will last. Other factors include how much you move the arm (limb) that was injured and your bone density. Typically fractures/breaks heal within 6-8 weeks and most of the pain occurs in the first 1-2 weeks if the break is stabilized in a cast or proper splint. ...Read more

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In terms of recovery time, which takes longer: a torn ACL or a broken arm?

In terms of recovery time, which takes longer: a torn ACL or a broken arm?

Variable: Depends on break and intervention. Acl in my office does not go back to sports for at least 4 months and a non op humerus depends on healing but at least 4steady months as well. ...Read more

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6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no  progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

Official xray report: Sounds like you have either a delayed union vs. non union of the bone. A delayed union is a fracture that still has the potential to heal though it may take up to a year or so to do so. Bracing and a bone stimulator can help. BUT if the X-ray shows signs that it is a non union then it is unlikely to heal without surgical intervention. Xray criteria for each condition are well documented ...Read more

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Can I use a t.E.N.S unit on my broken arm if I have metal in it?

Can I use a t.E.N.S unit on my broken arm if I have metal in it?

Yes: Do not position the tens unit over the plate. Start with a low stimulation and increase slowly to get the pain relief. ...Read more

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What can you not do with a broken arm?

What can you not do with a broken arm?

Restrictions: A lot depends upon the location, degree, level of instability, effectiveness of treatment. You really need to get specific guidelines from your treating provider...But i always mention when asked that using a jackhammer and repelling down a steep mountain are probably out for most. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain from a broken arm?

How can I relieve pain from a broken arm?

NSAID's: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be helpful. Sometimes a physician may prescribe a narcotic at the time of injury if pain is severe. Acupuncture is also great at reducing this type of pain. Take care. ...Read more