How Long Do Fractures of the Sternum Take to Heal?

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As noted by MDGuidelines, the majority of fractures to the sternum heal in six to 12 weeks without the need for medical intervention. Furthermore, MDGuidelines states that in order to avoid setbacks or further injuries, adhering to the recommended treatment method presented by a physician is essential.

According to Sports Injury Clinic, rest, painkillers and at times, anti-inflammatory drugs are the only necessities for treating a fracture of the sternum. Due to the low risk associated with sternal fractures, the National Center for Biotechnology Information states that most patients are discharged after 24 hours, provided the chest x-ray shows no signs of complications.