Top 20 Doctor insights on: Broken hand in a cast

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Supposing you already had a broken hand in a cast & you fell very hard on that hand, could you get a broken wrist too?

Supposing you already had a broken hand in a cast & you fell very hard on that hand, could you get a broken wrist too?

Unlikely to break: It would be highly unlikely (and very unlucky) to break a wrist that is already in a cast. It could happen, but it would be highly unusual. ...Read more

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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


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Does a broken hand hurt once cast is removed?

Does a broken hand hurt once cast is removed?

Yes: It usually does. Be careful with it, it takes more time out of the cast to fully heal. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

Suprisingly a cast: Is often lighter than you think, less than a pound often. But it is inconvenient at times, weight that you may not be sued to holding all the time and often the part that the cast is on is not being utilized normally. Gentle elevation while sleeping woth apilow on the chest often hels swelling which can also make th hand feel "heavy"
slings are ok but be careful that a sling is not overused. ...Read more

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I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

Leave on: Cast is necessary to maintain position of fracture to allow it to heal properly do not remove the cast. Do not stick anything down inside the cast can cause infection, do not spray anything into the cast. ...Read more

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What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

A splint: Typically a thermoplastic splint which can be intermittently removed will be fashioned with gentle range of motion exercise instituted under supervision. ...Read more

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I have had a broken hand taken out of a cast and put in a splint how long till I can do heavy lifting again?

It depends: This is highly dependent on the type of fracture you had, location of the fracture and how long it had been in a cast. Most fractures are healed in 6-8 weeks, but the final decision should be made by the person most familiar with your particular situation. ...Read more

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If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

Depends what broken: It depends on what is broken., but you may need a cast from your description. It depends where the break is and what type of break you have ...Read more

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What happens if I don't keep the cast on my broken hand?

What happens if I don't keep the cast on my broken hand?

Not a good idea!: Taking off the cast before the bone heals can lead to non-union (fracture doesn't heal) or mal-union (heals in the wrong position). Either of these can lead to permanent arm disfunction. ...Read more

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Is my hand broken or sprained if no cast?

Is my hand broken or sprained if no cast?

Certainly could be: Depending on the nature and location of the fracture or sprain, either one or both could be present and treated without a cast. For example, fractures of the metacarpal bones can be treated with screws; this allows return of motion without splinting in as little as 48 hours. ...Read more

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If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

Do not remove: The cast is stabilizing the fracture to prevent it from shifting and to allow it to heal in an anatomic position. Do not remove the cast as fracture may not teal or heal in an abnormal pattern. Pain is not the issue. ...Read more

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Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Perhaps you are: Referring to a joint that is subluxing and slding in and out of place. A commin scenario could involve the cmc joints where the metacarpals meet the wrist but it is very hard to honein on a problem with nonspecific inforamtion. Perhaps an evaluation by a hand surgeon for a problem such as this is indicated as surgery and injury is part of the past history. ...Read more

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Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Depends: Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, you would be placed either in a cast or a splint. If the fracture involves multiple fragments of bone or extends into a joint or the fragments have separated significantly, you need surgery to fix the bones with screws and plates. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

Long Time: It is normal for you to have sorness, swelling and stiffness in your hand for many months. Occupational therapy can help get this worked out faster. ...Read more

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What happens if you keep your hand cast on longer than recommended?

What happens if you keep your hand cast on longer than recommended?

Stiffness: Keeping your hand or wrist in a cast too long can increase the stiffness in your joints, and then make it harder to regain full motion. ...Read more

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Is a hand cast supposed to be painful?

No: Casts are designed to immobilize fractures and thereby lessen the pain. You will continue to have some pain at the fracture site but pain elsewhere or increasing pain should be brought to the attention of the surgeon. One common resaon for increasing pain is swelling because the hand is not elevated enough. ...Read more

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Please tell me about how a hand cast is taken off?

Please tell me about how a hand cast is taken off?

A cast saw: Is an oscillating device that vibrates, It does not spin. It will cut into a hard cast but not into soft padding or skin or tissue if it is not dragged across. In other word used properly. I typically show the patient how the cast sits on my skin before I remove a cat to reassure them. Remember it does not spin it merely oscialltes or vibrates that is why is won't cut soft things ...Read more

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Is it normal that my newly placed hand cast hurts?

Is it normal that my newly placed hand cast hurts?

Yes: It takes a few days after fracture for swelling to start to decrease. The pain from a fracture gradually diminishes as the fracture begins to heal and become stable. Until then ther may be some pain at the fracture due to the normal muscle paul on the fracture fragments. If the pain is unchanged for a couple of weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Not sure what to do with my hand cast now that it is off?

Old cast: I would throw it away unless you have some famous signatures on it. You can pull out all the old stinky padding if you want to keep it. ...Read more

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Hand Fracture (Definition)

A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a ...Read more