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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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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 to few months to heal the tendon. ...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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If my middle finger is broken how will the doctors most likely treat it? cast?

It depends: On the type of fracture. Certain fractures might require pinning or surgery, others may simply require immobilization . If you think you might have a fracture, see a doc and get an X-ray. ...Read more

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I have a fx on the tip of my thumb and a split is very painful. I want cast but doc says can't check for circ. My circ. Is fine. Should i go elsewhere?

I have a fx on the tip of my thumb and a split is very painful. I want cast but doc says can't check for circ. My circ. Is fine. Should i go elsewhere?

Your doctor is : Correct. Nothing is wrong with getting a 2nd opinion, especially from an orthopaedic surgeon. But your doctor is correct. The problem is not your current circulation, which is fine, but if you apply certain dressing/cast, splint on your finger tip, especially if not done properly, it will act as a tourniquet, cutting off circulation, and resulting in you losing the tip of your thumb, as it dies... ...Read more

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Will the doctor cast my broken middle finger?

Will the doctor cast my broken middle finger?

No: If its very badly broken it may need a pin otherwise fingers get immobilized in a finger splint not a finger cast; ...Read more

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Broken twist and arm cast for 11 weeks. Doc recommended a second surgery so i could have full use of my wrist. Now ot says less than 45 degree. ?

Broken twist and arm cast for 11 weeks.  Doc recommended a second surgery so i could have full use of my wrist.  Now ot says less than 45 degree. ?

Another opinion: It may be beneficial to obtain another opinion from a specialist in the field, an orthopedic surgeon that does a lot of wrist reconstruction or preferably a hand surgeon, as opposed to the opinion from the occupational therapist. ...Read more