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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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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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Will I still be able to play computer games with a soft cast on my right hand?

Will I still be able to play computer games with a soft cast on my right hand?

Possibly: The first thing to ask is why are you in the cast? Then your doc should be able to tell you what your activity level can be. ...Read more

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18yrs but get wet hands most of the time. Sometimes it's hard to write.best thing to do? Only aware of surgery to cut the nerves, a doctor told me.

18yrs but get wet hands most of the time. Sometimes it's hard to write.best thing to do? Only aware of surgery to cut the nerves, a doctor told me.

Hyperhydrosis : Cutting nerves is a curative procedure, but will cause severe morbidity, Botox has been used successfully to treat this condition and is usually one of the treatment alternatives. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hard cast and a soft cast?

Couple of things: A hard cast is made of plaster or fiberglass a soft cast is usually an unna boot RAP that allows flexibility. ...Read more

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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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Hi i bashed my elbow quite hard on the bus a couple of hours ago and now it's hurting i've got pins and needles in my hand, should I go to the doctors?

Hi i bashed my elbow quite hard on the bus a couple of hours ago and now it's hurting i've got pins and needles in my hand, should I go to the doctors?

Ulnar nerve: You probably irritated your ulnar nerve ("funny bone"). Unless the pain is too severe or there is weakness in your hand, i would probably give it a few days to see if it gets better. ...Read more

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