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How do doctors determine whether I need a hard cast or a soft cast for my hand?

How do doctors determine whether I need a hard cast or a soft cast for my hand?

Type of fracture: Whether you are placed in a splint ("soft cast") or regular hard cast depends upon the type of fracture you have, and the length of time you will need to keep it on. If the fracture is minor, stable and will heal in a short period of time, a splint is easier and often more comfortable. If your fracture requires 3-4 weeks or more to heal, then a cast is more durable and more practical. ...Read more

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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


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What are doctors who put on casts called?

What are doctors who put on casts called?

Orthopedician: An orthopedic cast is placed by orthopedician or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're these small craters on my hands?

Help doctors! what're these small craters on my hands?

Craters on hands: Best to see a dermatologist for an examination to determine the cause of the craters. ...Read more

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Is a hand cast supposed to be painful?

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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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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For how long do I have to wear a cast on my hand?

For how long do I have to wear a cast on my hand?

Varies: It depends completely upon your diagnosis. If you are in a cast because you have broken a bone in your hand, most bones heal by about 6-8 weeks. It is common for follow up x-rays to be done to determine when the bone has healed and when you can come out of your cast. Thank you. ...Read more