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Broken Leg (cont.)

Broken Leg Follow-up

From the emergency department, the patient usually will need to follow up with an orthopedic doctor in about a week. This bone specialist will guide the patient in further follow-up appointments and rehabilitation as necessary.

Broken Leg Prevention

  • To decrease the risk of injury from a car accident, use a seat belt. For children, use a safety seat appropriate for the child's age and weight.
  • If participating in sports in which high speeds or heights are present, participate in the activity at your experience level and make use of proper protective gear.
  • If a person is at risk for falling or has an unsteady gait (walk), use a walker or cane for assistance.
  • Talk to a doctor about screening for diseases that may weaken bones.

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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/29/2016

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