Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-4528
Fax: (320) 693-4561
If you fracture a bone, the good news is that it will almost always heal. Generally it takes anywhere from six to 10 weeks to fully heal, depending on where the fracture is and whether it is able to be immobilized in a cast, walking boot or surgical fixation.
Regardless of where your fracture is and how severe it is, there will be other side effects to the injury. For example, if you fracture your lower leg and are put in a cast for the standard six week time frame, you will develop significant stiffness in your ankle and foot due to the immobilization and weakness in your leg due to the prolonged time of limited use. This will affect your functional abilities after the cast is removed. If not addressed, this could lead to problems in other areas. This holds true with fractures in most areas of your body.
Ask your doctor to refer you to physical therapy or occupational therapy to ensure that everything returns to normal mobility and strength to avoid unnecessary complications. Meeker Memorial Hospital therapists can get you on the right road with manual therapy techniques, progressive exercise and training in balance, strengthening and walking. The therapists will know what you need to make a quick and safe recovery.