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why does a doctor put a cast on a broken arm or leg

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
Better healing: Treatment for most fractures (broken bones) involves immobilizing the bone. Most commonly this is done by placing a cast (plaster or fiberglass) on th ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Cast: A cast stops motionand allows healing.

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
44 years experience Family Medicine
Less movement: These "long"bones have lots of muscle attachments;the less you pull on the fracture the less they hurt.
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Dr. Keith Baldwin
15 years experience Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Stability: Stability either operatively or non operatively is the best way to control pain. Aside from that various medications are available. We don't recommend ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
Painful: It depends on the location, position of the bones. If you try moving them and they slide against each other that is painful.
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Dr. Keith Baldwin
15 years experience Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Painful!: Until the bone is stabilized either operatively or non-operatively, it is very painful!
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
That depends on : The injury/ injuries, any other complicating factors ; the surgical procedures that need to be performed. There is no one size fits all answer for th ... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ayaz Samadani
57 years experience General Practice
Fracture pain: It may or may not give pain depending on the position of fractured parts
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: Almost all fractures require some kind of immobilization - but that can come in many different forms, depending on the fracture - plaster/fiberglass s ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Two different things: The cast to immobilize the bone and sling to help carry the cast.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grutter
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6 weeks: Fracture healing depends on the severity of the injury. Forearm fractures typically heal in 6-8 weeks and are usually casted for 4-6 weeks.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
43 years experience Family Medicine
Usually 4-6 weeks: Arm fractures usually heal in 4-6 weeks depending on the extent of fracture, type of fractuere and which arm bone or bones are affected. All things e ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Blake Miller
13 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Shouldn't hurt: Running a mile in a short arm cast shouldn't be a problem.
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