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Do I wear a cast if I break a rib?

Do I wear a cast if I break a rib?

No.: You don't need a cast for a rib fracture. Your lungs are like an internal splint or cast and help push it out. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Singh
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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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What can a doctor do about a broken rib? I've not heard of a "cast" for rib fractures.

What can a doctor do about a broken rib? I've not heard of a "cast" for rib fractures.

Give it time: There is no specific treatment required for a broken rib. These heal in approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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7yo in cast for buckle fx wrist (ulna) 2 day ago. Holds wrist against chest, afraid to move. Ok for her to do 2 lb weight rom elbow and mainta bicep?

7yo in cast for buckle fx wrist (ulna) 2 day ago. Holds wrist against chest, afraid to move. Ok for her to do 2 lb weight rom elbow and mainta bicep?

Why worry: The common buckle fracture is not displaced, does not reduce the integrity of the bone and all heal well. They can still hurt like crazy. Leave the kid alone and let him/her resume activity when the hurt subsides. Pain tends to subside after the first week & soon after you may have trouble keeping the kid from battering the cast off. ...Read more

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If you break your big toe, are you suppose to wear a cast?

If you break your big toe, are you suppose to wear a cast?

See below: It depends on the type of fracture. Sometimes, external stailization is required. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wear a cast if you dislocated your arm?

How long do you have to wear a cast if you dislocated your arm?

2 weeks: I'm guessing this is an elbow dislocation, since the shoulder really can't be casted. This depends on the severity of the injury and whether surgery was needed, but in general terms a dislocated elbow will be immobilized in a cast for about 2 weeks, and then will be switched to a hinged brace to begin protected range of motion. ...Read more

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I fell face first snowboarding after hitting a jump. Brunt of impact was my elbow, chest, and ribs. It hurts to breath, move fast. Did I break a rib?

I fell face first snowboarding after hitting a jump. Brunt of impact was my elbow, chest, and ribs. It hurts to breath, move fast. Did I break a rib?

Possible: Your ribs move every time you breath, so a bruise, inflammation, and or fracture can all cause pain. An exam would be best and possibly an x-ray to definitively diagnose you. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Confused with gp's? Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Do I wear a cast or compression hose?

Confused with gp's? Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Do I wear a cast or compression hose?

Depends: If the broken bone is healed then a compression hose would be of great benefit. When you are not on your feet, elevate your legs.
Discuss your activity level with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are casts for and why do you have to wear them for so long?

Protection: Casts are used to immobilize the bones usually after a fracture. Fractures take time to heal. ...Read more

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Intense gnawing pain in middle of ribs and back. So bad I break out in a cold sweat. Comes and goes. Will be fine for a couple weeks then happens.?

Intense gnawing pain in middle of ribs and back. So bad I break out in a cold sweat. Comes and goes. Will be fine for a couple weeks then happens.?

Colic: This sounds like LOIN pain or renal colic.
There are many causes, the most, Common of which are kidney infections and kidney stones.
Certainly there are many other possible etiologies however these seem the most likely to me, and should be evaluated with a proper history and physical exam, renal ultrasound and urine culture. ...Read more

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Can you break a bone in a cast?

Can you break a bone in a cast?

Yes: If you took a bad fall a fracture could occur most likely at the top edge where the cast stops. ...Read more

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What's the easiest way to break a metacarpal and get a cast?

Why bother breaking: Your bone, just get the cast, much simpler ...Read more

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What's happens if I break my arm and don't get a cast?

It may not: Heal properly and may be unnecessarily painful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to break a rib from a hug?

Is it possible to break a rib from a hug?

Very unlikely: Unless one has cancer metastases in the ribs. Rib pain is common due to rib slippage and compression such as in slipped rib syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to break a rib from coughing too hard?

Is it possible to break a rib from coughing too hard?

Yes: Cough-induced rib fractures occur primarily in women with chronic cough. Middle ribs along lateral part of rib cage affected most commonly. Reduced bone density or osteoporosis is likely risk factor, but cough-induced rib fractures can occur in the presence of normal bone density. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an aggressive liposuction procedure to break a rib?

Is it possible for an aggressive liposuction procedure to break a rib?

No: I have never heard of anyone breaking a rib from aggressive liposuction. Please make sure that you choose a reputable surgeon with a lot of experience. I would recommend a plastic surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery. ...Read more

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Can you break a rib with a.Tight squeeze around chest?

Can you break a rib with a.Tight squeeze around chest?

Possibly: You can break a rib doing a number of things! Get an evaluation to determine if it is broken and take the proper precautions to allow proper healing. Good luck. ...Read more

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If you break your wrist, can you lift weights when cast is off?

If you break your wrist, can you lift weights when cast is off?

Yes: If fracutre is healed. Wrist will need some occupational therary to get it strong. Due to cast and inactivity the wrist will look thinner, will be stiff, and weak initially. Therapy will get wrist back to normal funciton. Go slow and steady. ...Read more

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Hi I have distal radius break I have cast on just wondering any things I could do to stop itchness?

Water resistant: Casts can help reduce itchiness and malodorous
skin irritation. ask your hand or orthopedic surgeon whether you are a candidate of this. Some insurance carriers may not cover this or ask for extra charges. ...Read more

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Can a 4 month old baby cough so hard he/she breaks a rib can a 4 month old baby cough so hard he/she breaks a rib?

Can a 4 month old baby cough so hard he/she breaks a rib can a 4 month old baby cough so hard he/she breaks a rib?

Not likely: At 4 months old, an infants bones are not fully hardened with minerals so it would be very, very unusual to break a bone. If a rib fracture is present, it is not likely from coughing. ...Read more

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I had my cast off after having a clean break on my 2nd metatarsal, I know it will be painful and swollen after, but do u know how long for??

I had my cast off after having a clean break on my 2nd metatarsal, I know it will be painful and swollen after, but do u know how long for??

Fractured Metatarsal: First of all, I assume that you have had the cast for at least 4-6 weeks. Usually it takes this long for a bone fracture to heal. It will continue to be slightly sore and swollen for up to another 2-4 weeks. If the X-rays show that the fracture has healed, you can attempt weight bearing on your foot gradually as tolerated. You should also take anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen).. ...Read more

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How long would you wear a cast on an arm?

How long would you wear a cast on an arm?

It depends: What kind of fracture you have from 4-6 weeks up to 6 month. ...Read more

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How long should I wear my foot cast for?

Depends: This is dependent on the injury and the instructions of your doctor. If you have questions ask you treated physician. ...Read more

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Are thin ribs more prone to fractures and breaks?

Rib Fractures: Everybody has anatomy that is variable in make-up. Bone density and quality of the bone is most important when determining risk for fracture. ...Read more

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I have a ganglion cyst and I'm getting it surgically removed. Will I have to wear a cast?

I have a ganglion cyst and I'm getting it surgically removed. Will I have to wear a cast?

No: Post op a little light duty or a light velcro splint to protect the surgical site is all that is needed for about 1-2 weeks after surgery. The splint can be removed to bath and/or sleep. ...Read more

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My son has a hairline break to his wrist and is in a cast he's 11 years old how long will it take to heal?

My son has a hairline break to his wrist and is in a cast he's 11 years old how long will it take to heal?

A month or so.: Kids tend to heal very quickly. The so-called "hairline" fracture describes a fracture that is only minimally displaced and as such is in a good position and typically has good remaining blood supply.
Additionally, the area of the wrist (if this represents a distal radius fracture) is typically very well vascularized and with the type of bone that heals quite quickly.

Good luck! ...Read more

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My 14 yr old son broke his metacarpal 3.5 weeks ago. It has been casted from day 1 of break. What are the chances he can get his cast off tomorrow?

My 14 yr old son broke his metacarpal 3.5 weeks ago. It has been casted from day 1 of break. What are the chances he can get his cast off tomorrow?

Ask the ortho: This question requires a lot of knowledge of the break, and a determination of how it's healing. I'm assuming you have an appointment tomorrow to assess this very thing. I would never plan on getting it off by scheduling something he needs it for the next day, but if it's healed well, there's a chance. ...Read more

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I had surgery yesterday on my wrist due to 2 breaks I needed a wire put in place and a cast but now I'm at home and every time I move it it clicks.

I had surgery yesterday on my wrist due to 2 breaks I needed a wire put in place and a cast but now I'm at home and every time I move it it clicks.

Is it painful: Either way you need to check with your surgeon to make sure everything in place and your repair is solid and intact
if it is painful definitely something is not right or out pf place
good luck and thank you for using health tap ...Read more

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Why did I fall when I didn't trip over anything and the floor wasn't wet, now, under my breasts I have a lot of pain, did I break some ribs, or what?

Need more info: There are 2 issues: first why you fell without any obvious cause. This needs thorough evaluation.
why you have pain under the breast? Yes it could be bruised rib but it also could part of the reason that you fell.
Both require more history and exam and additional investigation. See your PCP ...Read more