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Yes,there is delayed healing in elderly people due to various causes.
By six weeks the healing bone tissue (callus) bridging across the fracture site is mature enough to be seen on x-ray and has about 50% of its eventual strength.
The union is expected at 6-8 weeks.
This bridging callus is not as strong as normal bone but is a good sign that the bone is healing.
As we age, our bodies ability to heal fractures is compromised.Lack of certain nutrients such as low protein diets ,low phosphorus & low calcium or vitamin D level also hinders the needs of new bone formation.
So bot***** *****ne is that there is nothing to worry.It usually take 6-8 weeks in elderly people for healing process. I advise her to please have patience & wait for another 1 week for complete healing.
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