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Health Information For Teens
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in young people. New bone forms within a few weeks of the injury, although full healing can take longer.
Casts and splints hold broken bones in place while they heal. New hard bone forms in about 3–6 weeks, and the cast or splint usually can come off.
After the cast or splint comes off, you may not be ready to return to gym and sports right away. Your muscles may be weak or stiff, and your bone may need more time to get stronger.
Your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help with healing. Often, just time, stretching, and regular activity is enough for healing.
To help your broken bone heal:
Broken bones are common in teens. Most breaks heal well, and within a few months you’ll be back to all the things you did before the injury.
Bones are tough stuff – but even tough stuff can break. Find out what happens when a bone fractures.
A broken bone requires emergency medical care. Here’s what to do.
This article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.
A splint is a support device that keeps an injured area from moving. Doctors often use splints to hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a fracture.
A broken collarbone is one of the most common types of broken bones. Find out how it can happen – and how to treat and avoid fractures.
It’s not always easy to tell if you have a stress fracture, and stress fractures can get worse quickly. This article explains how to prevent and treat them.
You probably can’t waitÂ toÂ get back to your normal activities, but it takes a while for a limb that’s been in a cast to finish healing. Here’s what to expect.
Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.
A buckle or torus fracture is a type of broken bone. One side of the bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the other side of the bone. Teens don’t usually get this type of fracture.
A comminuted fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces.
A greenstick fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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