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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read more


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Will a broken arm always require a cast?

Will a broken arm always require a cast?

No: Almost all fractures require some kind of immobilization - but that can come in many different forms, depending on the fracture - plaster/fiberglass splints, velcro splints, slings, shoulder immobilizers, hinged braces, and, of course, casts. ...Read more

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How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

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 equal you should expect 4-6 weeks but your orthopedist may think differently based on follow up exam, x-rays and your individual case study. Follow up and keep open dialog with your doctor. ...Read more

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Broken twist and arm cast for 11 weeks. Doc recommended a second surgery so i could have full use of my wrist. Now ot says less than 45 degree. ?

Broken twist and arm cast for 11 weeks.  Doc recommended a second surgery so i could have full use of my wrist.  Now ot says less than 45 degree. ?

Another opinion: It may be beneficial to obtain another opinion from a specialist in the field, an orthopedic surgeon that does a lot of wrist reconstruction or preferably a hand surgeon, as opposed to the opinion from the occupational therapist. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a cast or a sling for a broken arm?

Whats the difference between a cast or a sling for a broken arm?

Two different things: The cast to immobilize the bone and sling to help carry the cast. ...Read more

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How many weeks would one have to typically wear a cast for a broken arm?

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. ...Read more

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When will I be able to drive after having a cast removed from a broken arm?

When will I be able to drive after having a cast removed from a broken arm?

Depends: Stiffness should be expected and limited hand and wrist motion may limit driving. Once the stiffness is worked out, then driving can be resumed. With daily range of motion exercises, the stiffnes should be adequately worked out 1-2 weeks after coming out of cast. ...Read more

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Just got my cast of from a broken arm. It's very stiff. How do I soften it up?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. They can help evaluate your injury and created a treatment plan to return you to your daily activities. ...Read more

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Why does a doctor put a cast on a broken arm or leg?

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 the broken bone until it is healed. ...Read more

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How should I sleep if I have a long arm cast on?

How should I sleep if I have a long arm cast on?

A pillow on your : Chest as you lie on your back with your hand a liitle higher off the bed than your elbow or a pillow at the same side as your cast at the side of your chest with the hand resting higher or your elbow at your side with your hand pointing up but do not put hand over your head. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drill a few holes myself into my short arm cast?

Is it okay to drill a few holes myself into my short arm cast?

NO!!!!!!!: Never cut, drill or stick anything into a cast. This can lead to a small scratch under the cast which can lead to devastating injections. See http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?Feature=player_embedded&v=uifguyvhxxg. ...Read more

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What is the best way to scratch under an arm cast? Toothbrush? Skewer?

What is the best way to scratch under an arm cast? Toothbrush? Skewer?

Anything that reach: Be carefule you don't scratch too hard, or damage skin. May need to change cast to look at skin. ...Read more

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I feel like there is a line moving pain under my arm cast what is that?

I feel like there is a line moving pain under my arm cast what is that?

Cast problem?!: Is your cast too tight or too loose? You should get it checked. Your arm should not have pain in a cast. ...Read more

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What if my arm cast is turning my hand darker and swollen?

What if my arm cast is turning my hand darker and swollen?

Be seen: It sounds like it was put on too tight, or your arm swelled under it. You need to be assessed immediately. ...Read more

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When is a long arm cast used for?

Forearm and wrist: The long arm cast is typically used to treat nonsugical fractures of the wrist and forearm. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more