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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. F. Thomas Kaplan
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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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How painful is a broken arm usually?

How painful is a broken arm usually?

Painful: Broken bones don't say i think i'm broke, they say i'm broke. Most people feel silly when they say i think i broke a bone when they finally break a bone, as the difference is significant. Pain interpretation is very individualized though. Some have high pain thresholds and some have very low thresholds. ...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

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Can you get broken arm by hitting on door?

Yes!: Are you asking about your forearm? You can fracture your ulna (one of the forearm bones) by hitting directly against an edge with a lot of force. This is called a nightstick fracture. It would be very painful and you might feel movement and grinding at the fracture site. It would take a lot of force in a young person. ...Read more

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What is a good way to recover a broken arm?

What is a good way to recover a broken arm?

Physical therapy: Once the bone has healed it would be best if you consulted with a physical therapist to help you regain your range of motion and strength for good function of the injured extremity. ...Read more

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How do you treat broken arm if near epipheses?

How do you treat broken arm if near epipheses?

Depends: If the fracture is well aligned, a cast may be all that is required. Other times the bone may need to be manipulated back in place before casting. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. ...Read more

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How to treat a broken arm?

How to treat a broken arm?

Varies: Varies based upon a more specific description of the fracture. Some need simply immobilization and time to heal, others require surgery. ...Read more

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How painful is surgery to fix a broken arm?

How painful is surgery to fix a broken arm?

Variable: What type of fracture? Does it need surgery? Although our surgical interventions have progressed significantly surgery is still surgery... That being said pain control after arm/upperextremity surgery tends not to be horrible. Most of my patients have pain for 3-4 days and then are off narcotics. ...Read more

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How could you put socks on with a broken arm?

How could you put socks on with a broken arm?

Very carefully: Very carefully; try to get assistance if available. You may also want to buy some ankle length socks as they may be easier for you to manipulate them with your fingers(which i presume are not casted) if there is any doubt please contact your physician/orthopedist for further advice/assistance. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to set a broken arm?

Why wait: The setting position of the bones and the fixation is useful for expediting healing.New bone has to be manufactured by your body. There is no good reason to wait. ...Read more

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How can I sleep comfortably if I have a broken arm?

How can I sleep comfortably if I have a broken arm?

Broken arm: Try to elevate it on a pillow and take pain medication. It should get easier to sleep as the bone starts healing. ...Read more