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Hand Cast Bruised
Bruising: Bruising can take weeks to months to resolve depending upon the density of the bruising. A bruise is blood under the skin or tissues. As it is absorbed by the body and as the blood breaks down into components, the col0r of the brusie slowly changes. For fractures, bruising can be intense and track far away form the injury site. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Oil of wintergreen: We use this in foul smelling cases on our masks. Usaually we just change the cast in the office. Some of my patients live 3 hours away and this might help rather than drive 6 hours round trip to get a cast change. This could also be an indicator of infection if there is a would so talk with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Not effective: Over the counter splints give rise to some support and protection and work well for overuse and soft tissue inflammatory injuries. However a fracture requires reduction, either open or closed, and then a well molded cast applied by the treating physician. Casts are fabricated specifically for the injury or fracture being treated. ...Read more
I fractured my hand about 3 weeks ago and got a hand cast last week, am i supposed to be feeling pain now? Because it began to hurt today.
See doctor: There will be some discomfort as healing takes place. But if you are following the instructions you were given and the pain is increasing then call the doctor and get it checked. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had an avulsion fx at l thumb ucl insertion, min disp.
In a cast for 4 weeks (2 days ooc). It still hurts & is bruised/slightly swollen. Is this normal?
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
I have just gotten my cast off after four months after breaking my thumb near the nail. Is it normal that it feels quite tender?
I broke my thumb five weeks ago yesterday. Got my cast off last week but it's very tender. Is this normal? Was a very minor break beside the nail.
More info, please!: Did you hurt yourself? Hold a tool too long? Are you on any blood thinners? How long have you had them? Do they hurt? Obviously, a decent answer is not possible without knowing more, and seeing them. If they are spreading, you have fever, they hurt or you are sick in other ways, go to the ER or call your doc quick. ...Read more
Exam and an xray: If needed. Swelling, deformity and pain are common findings. ...Read more