Broken Leg (cont.)
Broken Leg Prognosis
If treated promptly and properly, a broken leg usually will regain normal function.
- Because the major bones of the leg support body weight, at least 6 to 8 weeks is usually required before the bone is healed.
- The severity of the injury and the patient's age may cause complications. For instance, an elderly person with a hip fracture may have difficulty regaining strength and mobility.
- Someone with an open fracture (where the bone sticks through the skin), may be at increased risk for infection of the bone. If infection occurs, this may delay significantly the healing process.
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