What are types of fracture healing?
There are two types of fracture healing – indirect (secondary) and direct healing (primary). Direct/ primary healing occurs when the bony fragments are fixed together with compression. There is no callus formation. The bony ends are joined and healed by osteoclast and osteoblast activity.
Whats the longest recovery time for a broken bone?
Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks, but this varies tremendously from bone to bone and in each person based on many of the factors discussed above. Hand and wrist fractures often heal in 4-6 weeks whereas a tibia fracture may take 20 weeks or more.
What is the final stage of healing following a fracture?
The remodeling stage starts around 6 weeks after the injury. In this stage, regular bone replaces the hard callus. If you saw an X-ray of the healing bone, it would look uneven. But over the next few months, the bone is reshaped so that it goes back to looking the way it did before the injury.