How long does it take a distal radius fracture to heal?
Fractures of the distal radius usually need about 4-6 weeks for clinical bone healing, though sometimes it can take longer. It may take another 6-12 months to regain motion, strength, and function. Many people find they are resuming most of their daily activities about 3-4 months after a broken wrist.
Your fractured (broken) wrist has been placed in a plaster cast to make sure that the wrist is kept still while the fracture heals. The plaster cast will stay on for up to six weeks. Once the plaster cast has been taken off, your wrist will need another six weeks to become fully strong.
- A fractured wrist is usually painful and movement is affected. If you have sustained a wrist fracture, you may experience: Pain in the area of the fracture, which could be anywhere in the wrist, depending on which bone was affected. The pain can radiate from the wrist into the fingers, and even into the forearm.
- You will likely get a splint to keep your wrist from moving. If you have a small fracture and the bone pieces do not move out of place, you will likely wear a splint for 3 to 5 weeks. Some breaks may require you to wear a cast for about 6 to 8 weeks.
- After surgery, you can expect to wear a fixed splint or cast for at least two weeks, followed by a removable splint for four weeks. Physical therapy starts after about two weeks and continues for at least four to six weeks.
Scaphoid fractures usually cause pain and swelling in the anatomic snuffbox and on the thumb side of the wrist. The pain may be severe when you move your thumb or wrist, or when you try to pinch or grasp something. Unless your wrist is deformed, it might not be obvious that your scaphoid bone is broken.
- As it turns out, the clavicle, also known as the collar bone, located between your shoulder and the front of the neck, is the bone which is most likely to get broken in the human body. The clavicles can be easily fractured by impacts to the shoulder, from the force of falling on outstretched arms, and by a direct hit.
- When a scaphoid fracture is recognized on the first X-ray, treatment begins immediately. But patients often assume that the injury is just a sprain, and they wait for it to heal on its own. In some cases, the wrist gets better. In many cases the bone fails to heal.
- The most common signs and symptoms of a scaphoid fracture include pain, swelling and tenderness over the thumb side of the wrist. There is noticeable tenderness to the touch over the “anatomical snuff box.” Crunchiness and pain with gripping motions are also common symptoms that may be found with such an injury.
Broken bones heal at different rates, depending on the age of the child and the type of fracture. Certain fractures in young kids can heal as quickly as 3 weeks, while it may take as long as 6 weeks for the same kind of fracture to heal in teens. And some fractures can take as long as 10 weeks to heal.
- Broken Bones: Cast, Surgery, or Nothing At All. Most broken bones involve some joint injury, so there is always a trade-off between the joints wanting to move and the bones needing to stay still. Some fractures stay still enough to heal without a cast or surgical plate.
- As a result, there may be a brief period in the healing process when the fracture site is stronger than the surrounding bone. But they later reach equal strength, and the fracture site is no more or less likely to break again. “They never comment that it's stronger or weaker than the rest of the bone,” he said.
- Broken bones heal at different rates, depending on the age of the child and the type of fracture. Certain fractures in young kids can heal as quickly as 3 weeks, while it may take as long as 6 weeks for the same kind of fracture to heal in teens. And some fractures can take as long as 10 weeks to heal.
Updated: 17th October 2019