Bone fractures..whats heal time?
Posted July 20, 2005 - 11:11 PM
Posted July 20, 2005 - 11:47 PM
Posted July 21, 2005 - 12:03 AM
THX for the reply though
Posted July 21, 2005 - 04:08 AM
wrist - 5/6 weeks
ribs - 3/4 weeks
little finger - 6/7 weeks and still hurts/doesn't work quite right 10 weeks later
left heel - 12/14 weeks (but I was walking when I wasn't supposed to)
Figure at least 6 weeks if it's just a crack, maybe more if it's worse. If the bone didn't displace, just shows a break, then it will be quicker than one with ends that don't line up quite right anymore.
Posted July 21, 2005 - 05:05 AM
At my last appointment, I could see substantial bone growth, but I could still see way too much break with very little growth. I am going to wait the full 6 months before I get back on, just to be safe.
Keep in mind here that my break was pretty bad as it was a spiral fracture(basically twist it til it breaks). Yours may not be that bad, but you will still need to take time. Better to take the time off and let it heal rather than rebreak it worse and possibly have to have surgery!
And here is mine after 6 weeks for your viewing pleasure:
Posted July 21, 2005 - 05:35 AM
It was a lot of work to strengthen and stretch it. The first rides were awful due to lack of strength and confidence in it. Hopefully your injury won't take so long, but only your doctor can tell when it is ready for more abuse.. Be patient... (Oh that's right, you already are a patient, heh, heh...)
If you do a Google search on "bone fractures" or "fracture healing" you will find lots of information. Try this site: www.mybrokenleg.com . It had lots of information and was incouraging, especially because most people that break their legs do so in their own living rooms or on their front steps.... I don't feel so bad about the way I broke mine. I suppose that having an airborn 250 pound motorcycle land directly on my ankle should break it.....
Posted July 21, 2005 - 05:47 AM
I was always under the impression that within 6- 8 weeks a fracture is completely healed, and that is not true. It takes 6-8 weeks for a callous to form and this callous calcifies to complete healing the fracture. Complete calcification and healing of a fracture can take up to 6 months, but of course it all depends on the type and location of the fracture.
Believe it or not if he gave you permission to walk on it that is a good sign and will speed healing as long as you don't re-injure it! Is it casted? The tibia is the main weight bearing bone in the leg, so you really want it to heal CORRECTLY.
I'm with you Flynall, the guy that took me for x-rays in the Hospital tripped down stairs at a family reunion completely sober, broke his ankle in 4 pieces!! His exact words to me were "Don't feel so bad it sounds like you were having fun".
Posted July 21, 2005 - 05:49 AM
I suppose that having an airborn 250 pound motorcycle land directly on my ankle should break it.....
You need to talk to your doctor/ orthopedic. A leg fracture varies a lot (like everyone here has stated). I broke the tibia at the knee (plateau) in April. No riding till middle of September. I use a heating pad and pull the knee in to my butt every night to stretch out the ligaments. They lose a lose of elasticity in a few weeks. That is the biggest healing factor for me, getting the ligaments healthy enough to stabilize the knee joint again. A lot of people will tell you they are never the same again after a serious injury. Truth is, for a serious injury it takes a lot of work and commitment to exercise the joint daily and that means a little pain along the way.
Posted July 21, 2005 - 06:52 AM
Posted July 21, 2005 - 07:27 AM
The tibia has pretty good blood supply which speeds healing along....
Like flyin dub said, the tibia actually has a crappy blood supply. Not unusual for tibial shaft fractures to take 6 motnhs or more to heal. Pretty high rate of non-unions (bone doesn't heal at all and requires surgery etc.) and delayed unions (heals, but takes a long time).
Tibial stress fractures can take months to heal, particularly if you don't treat it properly (ie. keep walking around on it, continue sports etc.) and often they need surgery to heal.
All breaks are different, and without more information it is impossible to say. Typically 6 weeks minimum for a fracture to heal and be able to use it.
Posted July 21, 2005 - 08:03 AM
Posted July 21, 2005 - 08:08 AM
Posted July 21, 2005 - 01:00 PM
Good God, that's the truth!!
Add 3 weeks if your over 30,If over 40 you dont heal you deal.
Sucks, doesn't it...
Posted July 21, 2005 - 01:15 PM
Posted July 21, 2005 - 02:10 PM
I have minor fracture of my Tibia that I suffered from a cased double on July 2nd. My Dr. seems to be quite the popular guy and is extremely difficult to get a hold of. I was wondering how long do fractures take to heal? Weeks, Months...a year? I am currently walking on it, just can't go to work and definitely can't ride. Anybody got experience with leg fractures?
6 weeks and give it hell!
Posted July 21, 2005 - 03:17 PM
I shattered my wrist, then 4 months later broke it again from casing a triple. I didn't even crash, just came up short and it snapped cause it wasn't fully healed. Let it heal.
Posted July 21, 2005 - 03:39 PM
separated right shoulder - 5/6 weeks I still cant sleep on that side either
right forearm w/steel plate inserted - 3 months
severed tendon that connects the elbow to the wrist - 6 weeks after tendon was reattached.
Posted July 21, 2005 - 05:42 PM
Posted July 22, 2005 - 05:13 AM
I've understood that the Scaphoid and Talus have very poor blood supply. The rate of healing for these bones is very slow with significant probability of a nonunion.
The previous statement regarding Tibia blood supply was comparative, not absolute.....
"The blood supply can be destroyed if these bones are broken. Some bones, such as the shin bone (tibia), have a moderate blood supply...."
I don't view moderate as "crappy."