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.
Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas