Fractures are treated differently depending on which bone or joint is affected and the type of fracture. Some fractures require immobilization in a cast or brace for a period of time to allow for proper healing. Some fractures require surgery to repair the fractured bone and stabilize it while it heals. Other fractures may only require pain medications and therapy to prevent stiffness. In most cases, patients should expect that frequent x-rays will be needed to ensure that the fracture is healing properly.
Fractures can heal at different rates depending on the bone affected, the type of fracture, and other patient factors. Most fractures, even those treated with surgery, will require a period of immobilization with a brace or cast followed by therapy to regain motion and strength. The total healing time is usually between 8-12 weeks, but some fractures may take longer. Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Carlson may recommend moving the fractured limb gently either with or without therapy early on in the healing process. This can help minimize stiffness, reduce swelling, and lessen pain during the healing process
The amount of time needed to return to work or sports following a fracture also depends on the bone affected, the type of fracture, and other patient factors. Often, splints or braces can be used to support the fracture while it heals solidly. This may lessen the time needed to return to sports and work. Keeping up with recommended therapy exercises also will hasten recovery. However, it is not possible to speed up the rate of bone healing, either with medication, therapy, or surgery. Some time away from regular activities is likely after a fracture. Dr. Carlson and Dr. Kaplan work with each patient to develop a personalized timeline for return to work and sports.
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"Dr. Carlson was courteous and practical, and ready to propose options. Despite the late Friday hour, he also spent extra time with me to discuss about other concerns."
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