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How long should I keep my cast/splint on my hand after surgery?

How long should I keep my cast/splint on my hand after surgery?

Until: The provider that put it on tells you to rake it off. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...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?

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 on where the break is and what type of break you have ...Read more

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Is a splint better than a cast for a 5th Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Is a splint better than a cast for a 5th
Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Varies: If you have a distal 5th metacarpal fracture, then some variant of a "clam digger" splint or cast is applied. This involves immobilizing the 4th and 5th finger, and flexing them down a bout 70-99 degrees. There is no benefit or need to immobilize the thumb, index, or middle finger. ...Read more

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I still have pain when I had the cast on but the hospital put a splint on now but my wrist still hurts a lot what could the problem be because of pain?

I still have pain when I had the cast on but the hospital put a splint on now but my wrist still hurts a lot what could the problem be because of pain?

Needs cr scan of wru: If still hurting the problem could still be present needs cr scan of wrist but. Sometimes pain does not go completely even after wrist is healed ...Read more

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Can you splint your own wrist or do I need a cast?

Can you splint your own wrist or do I need a cast?

Depends: If you know is not broken then you can use ace band, a wrist splint/brace. Cast if for fractures. Should not use cast if you don't have a fracture. Get professional attention if you are having pain, or significant swelling. ...Read more

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Broken my scaphoid in ny wrist im now in a cast but really want to knowif its possible for me to have a splint instead. Would it heal still?

Broken my scaphoid in ny wrist im now in a cast but really want to knowif its possible for me to have a splint instead. Would it heal still?

Depends on location: If the scaphoid is broken in the middle of the bone or closer to the forearm, healing is more difficult. These areas of the scaphoid do not have a very good blood supply. Your cast probably includes the thumb and may extend above the elbow, as well. See your physician for further discussion. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00012 ...Read more

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Broken thumb. Dr gave me choice of splint or cast for 3 weeks. I opted for splint but am nervous. He was so busy and just said cast it later if I want?

Broken thumb. Dr gave me choice of splint or cast for 3 weeks. I opted for splint but am nervous. He was so busy and just said cast it later if I want?

Many non displaced : Fractures can be treated equally well in a cast or splint but for your own state of mind call the office of your treating physician. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain over two months ago. Splint didn't help. Is severe pain still. Do you think a cast would help for two weeks or so? That way it can rest?

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Wrist sprain over two months ago. Splint didn't help. Is severe pain still. Do you think a cast would help for two weeks or so? That way it can rest?

Get rechecked: Without more information it is hard to give you an exact answer. However, wrist fractures are notorious for not showing up on initial X-Rays for a variety of reasons. If you are still having pain it is appropriate to have the wrist reevaluated. If you could avoid immobilization that is better for long term function. You also could have a tendon injury which may need MRI or physical therapy ...Read more

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Swelling has increased 6 days after cast & stitches removed following UCL thumb surgery. Is this normal? I'm in a formed splint & only remove it prn.

Swelling has increased 6 days after cast & stitches removed following UCL thumb surgery. Is this normal? I'm in a formed splint & only remove it prn.

Probably not: New swelling a week+ after surgery may be an indication that something isn't right. You should go back to your doc and have it rechecked. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Hard cast off for 1wk due to neg xray to wrist after 3 wks in cast now in splint. Severe pain remains wrist and thumb area? Had 3 falls causing injury

Hard cast off for 1wk due to neg xray to wrist after 3 wks in cast now in splint. Severe pain remains wrist and thumb area? Had 3 falls causing injury

Recheck: If you continue to have pain, see your doctor again for a review. You may need a CT scan or an MRI if nothing shows on XR. All the best. ...Read more

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Could my doctor give me a hard cast for wrist tendonitis. As i always take my splint off. I just want to relax my wrist. Splint isn't working.

Could my doctor give me a hard cast for wrist tendonitis. As i always take my splint off. I just want to relax my wrist. Splint isn't working.

Would not: A cast is usu for joint /bone fracture because the joint needs to immobilize for healing. You have tendonitis -inflammation of tendon due to some repetitive use, you should continue as instructed by your doctor to use the splint when you use the wrist repetitive, take anti-infl and give time because it takes few weeks too few months to heal the tendon. ...Read more

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I had a big fall last week and my wrist is very bruised and I'm in a lot of pain I went to a&e yesterday and wasn't given an X-ray, should I have been given one? Ore even given a splint/cast to protect it?

I had a big fall last week and my wrist is very bruised and I'm in a lot of pain I went to a&e yesterday and wasn't given an X-ray, should I have been given one? Ore even given a splint/cast to protect it?

It depends: It is not difficult to tell a broken bone in the wrist area. If you can move your wrist(lower arm) freely and bend it around, then it is unlikely to be broken. Yet if the pain is not getting better you should get another doctor to examine you and he/she may do an X-ray of the wrist or lower arm. That is the best way to rule out a fracture. A splint can help ito relive the pain in your wrist/joint. ...Read more

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My ortho surgeon said my elbow broke "the way you want it to brake". Removed splint, no cast, due to ability to roll wrist. Is this correct?

My ortho surgeon said my elbow broke "the way you want it to brake". Removed splint, no cast, due to ability to roll wrist. Is this correct?

Probably: Elbows are notorious for getting stiff after injury, so early movement is good if possible. From your description your fracture is minimally displaced (out of position). I would guess it was the radial neck or head. Follow the orthopaedist's instructions. ...Read more

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Advice please? My 9yr old son has a closed fracture of his thumb. Will ortho cast it or leave it splinted?

Advice please? My 9yr old son has a closed fracture of his thumb. Will ortho cast it or leave it splinted?

Variable: Some types of fractures are more like dents in a tubular structure like a soda can, these need no cast but might benefit from a splint or cast for control of discomfort. Some closed fractures will cross through a growth plate at that age and might need surgery to pin the pieces in proper position, followed by casting. Your doc will decide. ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

Depends: Most do will with a supportive forearm splint x 3 wks but this is something your pcp must decide after a hands on exam. If they find the buckle fracture atypical or have other concerns they may send you to an orthopedist for his/her input on rx. ...Read more

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I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could i just leave a splint on it?

I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could i just leave a splint on it?

Splint may be fine: A splint may be fine, depending upon time from injury and x-ray status. If you are already more than a couple weeks out from injury, a splint is likely fine, as long as it adequately protects your injured bone from further harm during the full 6 weeks of healing usually required for such a fracture. ...Read more

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If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

Will get right one: First you need to see your MD get X-ray If nothing you get nothing, if there is a fracture depending on what type it is, some times a small fragment is in the joint you may need even open reduction to prevent future arthritis of joint, let orthopedist decide, seek medical help, it is free in UK you are lucky. ...Read more

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My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast 5" past the elbow. Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast 5" past the elbow.  Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

Buckle fracture: Yes. A buckle fracture is a very stable fracture and can be treated either way — a splint or cast. It comes down to 2 issues. Personal preference and if you can trust the child to keep it on at all times but washing. The only downside to splinting is it may take a little more time to completely heal but that is a small trade off compared to no washing with a cast and possible cast complicatons. ...Read more

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I fractured my wrist 6 weeks ago (fracture right distal radius). I had a below-the-elbow cast which came off yesterday. I am wearing a splint Would you advise to play soccer on Saturday? What can I wear to protect my wrist further?

Ask your orthopedist: In a young healthy person, at 6 weeks, a fracture is usually healed. However, I do not know the details or severity of your injury. It is easily possible to fall playing soccer and reinjure it, which would be horrible. You need to follow the advice of the person who knows the details of your injury — your orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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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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Where can I find a pinky hand splint?

Where can I find a pinky hand splint?

Drug store: You can find pre made splints at drug stores, but before you immobilize your finger for more than a couple of days you should see an orthopedic surgeon to get the problem diagnosed. Some injuries should not be splinted, some should be splinted straight others with a bend at one of the joints. ...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