Healing time for an injury depends upon the person sustaining the injury. Children will heal fractures and soft tissue lacerations so well that, with growth, there is sometimes not a trace of the original injury. In general, adults are not so fortunate. Here are some injuries that take a great deal of time to heal for adults.
Compression fracture of the spinal vertebrae
This injury is often caused by falls or trauma. The pain is intense and may last for months. Compression fracture is treated with bed rest and pain medication. Most compression fractures heal in eight to ten weeks if caused by a fall or trauma. The caveat to this prognosis is that some fractures may lead to chronic pain and disability.
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injury results from a serious concussion or blow to the head. In the first few weeks after the injury, swelling of the brain occurs and brain chemistry will change in response. The person may become comatose, with brief periods of awareness. Gradually, the individual may begin to respond to commands and may speak. A period of disorientation and confusion, combined with shortened attention span are all features of traumatic brain injury. Overreaction to events may cause aggression or grief. This may be a disturbing phase in recovery for family members. Some days will be good, but consistency takes many weeks to manifest itself. The first six months after traumatic brain injury are the most significant in terms of improvements. There are long-term impacts to the injury, and recovery depends upon variables such as pre-injury abilities and age.
Femur shaft fractures
The femur is the strongest bone in the body, so a great deal of force is required to break it. Usually, this force corresponds with a vehicular crash. A femoral shaft fracture causes severe pain instantly. The leg looks deformed and a person will not be able to bear weight upon it. Surgical treatment and traction will usually be needed. Femoral shaft fractures can take up to six months to heal, and sometimes longer if the fracture was open or the bone broken into pieces.
Knee joint dislocation
Knee joint dislocation is very serious and extremely painful. It usually occurs after serious trauma resulting from high-speed impacts like falls or crashes. When this injury happens, the thigh bone and the shin bone are moved apart because the knee itself comes apart as ligaments tear. Blood vessel and nerve damage can occur, and fracture within the knee is not uncommon. Delayed or failed treatment of this injury can result in loss of the leg. Surgery is almost always required. Recovery time varies. Complete recovery is possible, but the knee does not have its former strength and weight-bearing capacity.
A bone-breaking force to the skull will cause it to fracture. This injury can be the result of being struck by an object, falls or vehicular crashes. Treatment of skull fracture is dependent upon the type of fracture, its severity and the possibility of brain injury. Most skull fractures can heal by themselves, but healing may take many months, especially if surgery needed to be performed.
While these types of injuries may take a long time heal, it is possible with the help of physical therapists and medical experts. If you received these injuries due to someone else’s neglect, like from auto collisions, be sure to speak with car accident lawyers in Utah. Because injuries like these can be expensive to treat and manage, getting the compensation you deserve can help when it comes to medical bills. With persistence and time, you can overcome these injuries and the side effects that come with them.