Broken bones are common in childhood as children’s bones are more delicate than adult’s, and also perhaps because children are more active, playing contact sports, climbing trees, and performing other feats an adult wouldn’t dare to.
There are even some types of fracture that can only happen in childhood, such as the bowing fracture which happens when bone bends without breaking. Luckily, children are quite resilient and their broken bones tend to heal well.
Broken bones in adulthood
Adults tend to break their bones less often than children, but more seriously. This is perhaps because broken bones in adulthood are usually the result of more serious accidents such as car accidents, being in the path of a heavy falling object, and more. It may also be because adult bones are stronger than children’s, and it takes more to break them.
Certain types of fracture tend to heal more easily than others. A non-displaced fracture, for example, is where a bone has broken but its parts remain in place together. This allows the body to deposit calcium at the site of the fracture immediately to heal the bone.
A displaced fracture, however, may need more medical treatment to bring the parts of the bone together so that they can heal. The human body has a remarkable capacity for healing bone. After a bone is healed, it is no weaker than it was before, and the site of the fracture is no weaker than any other site on the bone
Length of time it takes for broken bones to heal
The length of time it takes for a broken bone to heal depends on many factors: the type of fracture, where it is on the body, and whether the patient is an adult or a child. While some bones can heal in as little as three weeks, other can take as much as 24 weeks.
For adults, this can mean not being able to work or earn for a long period of time. For those with more serious or spinal injuries, it can mean facing a lengthy and expensive rehabilitation period. For this reason, if you have broken a bone through no fault of your own you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
If you’d like to know more, call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to tell you how much you could receive in compensation, based on the severity of your injury, the treatment needed, and the length of time you’ll be incapacitated.