Symptoms of broken bones healing

Of course, everyone that suffers a bone fracture wants it to heal properly. But how can you tell if your bone is on track to full recovery? Luckily, there are several symptoms that are indicators of how the healing process is progressing.

Healing of a broken bone

Bone fractures may take several weeks to several months to heal. The time for a bone to heal can vary significantly, depending on the severity of the injury and your age. Because certain molecules that play an important role in bone repair are delivered to the site of the fracture by the bloodstream, factors that either reduce the production of these molecules or reduce blood flow may prolong the time it takes for a bone fracture to heal. These factors include if you have diabetes, take prolonged nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib), or smoke tobacco.1

The intense pain you feel at the time of the fracture usually stops long before the bone fracture has healed or the bone is solid enough to support body weight or handle the stresses of normal activity.2,3

The best way to know if your bone is healing properly is with regular visits to your treating physician. If the broken bone segment has been lined up properly with the unfractured bone, and if it has been kept immobile, the normal healing process usually occurs.4

During your recovery process it’s likely that your doctor will examine your broken bone multiple times to track the progression of its healing. If your broken bone doesn’t hurt when the doctor touches it, and the X-rays show that your bone is starting to form calluses, it’s likely healing properly.1 If a callus formation is not detected by these regular X-rays, they will also let your doctor know if your bone is not healing.

Symptoms of a broken bone that is not healing

Fractures that are not healing normally cause several symptoms. In general, these symptoms include persistent tenderness, swelling, or aching pain, which can be felt deep within the fractured bone. And you will likely continue to feel pain and weakness until the healing process has completed. Fractured bones that are not healing properly are not strong enough to bear the weight of your body. Besides that, you may not be able to use the affected body part at all until the bone fully heals.5

Having trouble healing your broken bone? Talk to your doctor about EXOGEN

EXOGEN is an FDA-approved device that helps to speed up the process of bone healing with treatments that take just 20 minutes a day. Treatment takes place in your home, and at your convenience. With EXOGEN, you get a safe treatment that amplifies your natural bone-healing power. This facilitates faster healing of certain broken bones,* and restores healing to fractures that have failed to heal on their own.

Just make sure you use the device on a daily basis or as prescribed by a physician. This is essential for EXOGEN to work properly. The internal usage monitor automatically records each treatment, so you can track your daily progress. Read more about how EXOGEN´s bone stimulator works here, and find out if it’s right for you!


  1. Sousa CP, Dias IR, Lopez-Pena M, et al.  Bone turnover markers for early detection of fracture healing disturbances: A review of the scientific literature. An Acad Bras Cienc.2015;87(2):1049-61.  doi: 10.1590/0001-3765201520150008.
  2. Fractures (broken bones). Last updated: October 2012.
  3. Silva JC. What to know about bone fracture repair. Last updated July 10, 2018.
  4. Brazier Y. (2019). What is a fracture? Last updated December 14, 2017.
  5. NYU Langone Health. Diagnosing nonhealing fractures. Accessed 7 Oct. 2019.