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A 47-year-old member asked:

Does a broken thumb get a cast?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
It depends.: Depends on the location and severity of the fracture. An orthopedic hand specialist would be your best resource. Some fractures only require a splint.
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Surgery 23 years experience
Yes and No: Depends on the injury and location. There are so many factors that go into deciding this, it is best to consult a hand specialist.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does a broken thumb always get a cast?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
No: Some non-displaced, stable fractures can be safely treated with prefabricated splints/braces.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can they put a cast on your thumb if it is broken?

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Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: A thumb spica cast is one option.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long will you need a cast for a broken thumb?

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Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
It depends: What part of the thumb is broken? A phalanx or metacarpal fracture in the hand will generally heal in about six weeks. Cast immobilization for about four weeks, though, is often sufficient, with gradual return to normal hand activities at six weeks or so. Much, though, depends on the bone that is fractured, as well as any other medical issues (smoking/diabetes) which can slow the healing process.

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