(Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon)

7 Commonly Asked Questions on Bone Fracture (With Answers)

Have sustained a fracture or are just curious to know more?

In any case, here are seven very commonly asked questions on bone fracture with their answers:

1. How long does a fracture take to heal?

There’s no definite timeline to this. How fast or slow bone fracture heals depends on various factors, including that individual’s overall health, age, type of fracture, and more. A lot also depends on which bone you have fractured. For instance, spinal fracture usually takes longer than ankle fracture.

Furthermore, the kind of treatment plan you’re following will also play a big role here. If you’re reluctant towards recovery, not following the doctor’s advice, the fracture will take longer to heal. So, again, there’s no definite answer to this question; it can take as little as a month and as much as years without the right treatment.

2. What are the symptoms of a fracture?

Sudden pain that gets worse, unable to move the injured area, swelling, redness, warmth (in the injured part) and deformity are the common signs and symptoms of bone fracture.

3. Can you fracture a bone and not know it?

Not exactly. Even if the fracture is in a small bone (say your finger), you would feel the pain or at least discomfort. That pain or discomfort will last long without proper care. While, at times, you may mistake fractures as a sprain, you will still feel the pain. As such, you would know something is wrong, which should ideally page you to get the problem diagnosed.

4. What are the types of bone fractures?

There are various types of bone fractures, each has its own variations and distinctions. Some of the common ones include spiral fracture, transverse fracture, stress fracture, greenstick fracture, oblique fracture, segmental fracture, comminuted fracture, and more.

5. How can I heal my bone fracture as fast as possible?

There’s no hard and fast rule to healing fractures. It’s a natural process that will take its own time. As mentioned earlier, this “own time” depends on various factors; it could be weeks or even years. So, the best thing you can do on your end for recovery is to listen to your doctor and follow their advice closely.

6. Which doctor to approach for bone fracture?

Ideally, you should visit an orthopedic doctor who specializes in fracture, i.e. fracture treatment doctor in Kolkata.

(Remember, within orthopedics, there are specializations. For fractures, you don’t want to go to a ligament specialist doctor in Kolkata. You want someone who specializes in treating fractures.)

That said, if you don’t have a specialist in the neighborhood or nearby, visit your GP for the first line of treatment. Your general physician can recommend or refer you to an orthopedic specialist.

7. Can a small bone fracture heal itself?

Every fracture can heal on its own. Healing is an inherent property of our body. However, how long this recovery will last depends on various factors. A small bone fracture can heal much faster if taken proper care of; if you’re following the treatment plan. It will take longer, and the discomfort will be more, if you have left that fracture on its own without taking care of it.

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