Your Recovery

Your doctor fixed a broken (fractured) bone without surgery. You can expect the pain from the bone to get much better almost right after the procedure. But you may have some pain for 2 to 3 weeks and mild pain for up to 6 weeks after surgery.

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How soon you can return to work and your normal routine depends on your job and how long it takes the bone to heal. If you have a desk job, you may be able to go back to work right away. But if you have a fractured leg and your job requires you to walk or stand a lot, you will need to wait until your fracture has healed.

You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don"t smoke.


This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.


How can you care for yourself at home?

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Diet


You can eat your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt.

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Exercise


Do exercises as instructed by your doctor or physiotherapist. These exercises will help keep your muscles strong and your joints flexible while your bone is healing.Wiggle your fingers or toes on the injured arm or leg often. This helps reduce swelling and stiffness.

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Ice and elevation


Prop up the injured arm or leg on a pillow when you ice it or anytime you sit or lie down during the first 1 to 2 weeks after your injury. Try to keep it above the level of your heart. This will help reduce swelling and pain.
Keep your cast dry.Wear a sling to support the fractured limb, if your doctor tells you to.Do not stick objects such as pencils or coat hangers in your cast to scratch your skin.Do not put powder into your cast to relieve itchy skin.Never cut or alter your cast.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It"s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.


Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

You have chest pain, are short of breath, or cough up blood.

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

You have new or worse pain.Your fingers or toes are cool or pale or change colour.You have tingling, weakness, or numbness in your fingers or toes.Your cast or splint feels too tight.You have signs of a blood clot in your leg (called a deep vein thrombosis), such as: Pain in your calf, back of the knee, thigh, or groin.Redness or swelling in your leg.

Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

You have a problem with your splint or cast.You do not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine


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Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.