If you fell down and broke your wrist, that would be an event. If we took you to the orthopedist, the doctor would x-ray it, another event. The doctor would set it, an event. A cast would be put on it, another event. Then, you would be sent home to heal, a process, not an event.
How long does it take to heal?
This depends on a number of factors: how bad the break was, as well as the age and health of the person. Let’s say it is average and would take an average amount of time which is roughly 6-8 weeks. A person who is healthier to begin with, before the incident, will likely have a shorter healing period than an unhealthy person.
When would it feel better? For most people, it is usually within 5-7 days. What would happen if we removed the cast as soon as it felt better? Most would agree this is not a good idea.
So we wait for healing to take place. Do we simply go to the doctor at the appointed time and the cast is removed? No, a re-examination must be performed to determine if healing has, indeed, taken place. If it has, the cast is removed.
Then, we can go back to doing everything we had always done before, right? Wrong! The arm and wrist must go through a process of rehabilitation to strengthen and stabilize the system so that a re-injury does not take place. How long does this take? Usually, at least another 6-8 weeks.
What is the point? Most people view their health based on how they feel rather than using true healing as a criteria. Don’t make that mistake! Symptoms are usually the last thing to show up in the body’s attempt to let you know to do something, as well as the first thing to go away when the body is healing. Just because you are feeling well does not mean that you are healthy! Give us a call at 303-794-1737 if you would like to find out how healthy you are!