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how long should a cast stay on for fractured wrist

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grutter
21 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
4-6 weeks: This depends on the fracture pattern and patient. Wrist fractures are commonly splinted for 7-10 days after injury to allow for swelling and then pla ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dunbar
27 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: The length of the cast is unrelated to whether it is waterproof or not. The length of the cast, usually above or below the elbow is chosen based on th ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Baez
Dr. Paul Baez answered
20 years experience Radiology
Depends: The type of cast depends on which bone or bones are fractures. An x-ray will best evaluate the fracture and your doctor will determine what type of ca ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
Usually nothing: Sometimes you can get an allergic reaction if the cast it too tight your distal extermity will turn blue ask your doc who applied the cast.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Purchase
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Can be unstable: Wow, this is a broad topic. For example, wrist fractures in kids are completely different than in adults. However, some fractures are inherently unsta ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Sometimes: It depends upon the type of fracture. Fractures that are unstable need cast immobilization or surgery. Stable fractures can be treated with just a spl ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Cast: Pain and stiffness is normal until you work out some soft tissue tightness. Check for other possible causes with your orthopedic surgeon.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Wrist fx: Usually need to be in a cast about 6 weeks.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehul Desai
18 years experience Pain Management
No: Although there be some discomfort and atrophy secondary to disuse severe pain is not expected. This may be a resulting from nerve pain. Talk to your d ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nolan Segal
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Maybe: Depend on the fracture often a pre fabricated splint will suffice.

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