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How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

Usually 4-6 weeks: Arm fractures usually heal in 4-6 weeks depending on the extent of fracture, type of fractuere and which arm bone or bones are affected. All things equal you should expect 4-6 weeks but your orthopedist may think differently based on follow up exam, x-rays and your individual case study. Follow up and keep open dialog with your doctor. Read more

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read more


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Will a broken arm always require a cast?

Will a broken arm always require a cast?

No: Almost all fractures require some kind of immobilization - but that can come in many different forms, depending on the fracture - plaster/fiberglass splints, velcro splints, slings, shoulder immobilizers, hinged braces, and, of course, casts. Read more

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What's the difference between a cast or a sling for a broken arm?

What's the difference between a cast or a sling for a broken arm?

Two different things: The cast to immobilize the bone and sling to help carry the cast. Read more

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How many weeks would one have to typically wear a cast for a broken arm?

6 weeks: Fracture healing depends on the severity of the injury. Forearm fractures typically heal in 6-8 weeks and are usually casted for 4-6 weeks. Read more

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When will I be able to drive after having a cast removed from a broken arm?

When will I be able to drive after having a cast removed from a broken arm?

Depends: Stiffness should be expected and limited hand and wrist motion may limit driving. Once the stiffness is worked out, then driving can be resumed. With daily range of motion exercises, the stiffnes should be adequately worked out 1-2 weeks after coming out of cast. Read more

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Just got my cast of from a broken arm. It's very stiff. How do I soften it up?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. They can help evaluate your injury and created a treatment plan to return you to your daily activities. Read more

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Why does a doctor put a cast on a broken arm or leg?

Better healing: Treatment for most fractures (broken bones) involves immobilizing the bone. Most commonly this is done by placing a cast (plaster or fiberglass) on the broken bone until it is healed. Read more

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Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Depends: The fracture label can be applied to a torus fracture, which is like a dent in a bear can & doesn't have any instability at all. If anything these are sometimes put in a splint more to remind the kid s/he is injured until it heals. Casting may be delayed until swelling subsides, so it can work better. It's primary role is providing a stable protected positioning. Not all fractures need it. Read more

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Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Varies: Some fractures in toddlers are little more than a dent in the bone, like a dent in a can. It is stable and is often just places in a soft splint. Others might require quite an elaborate cast. It all varies with the type and location of the injury. Read more

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Help please? How long would surgery take for a broken arm/leg?

Help please? How long would surgery take for a broken arm/leg?

That depends on: The injury/ injuries, any other complicating factors ; the surgical procedures that need to be performed. There is no one size fits all answer for this question. Read more

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About how long will it take for my broken arm/wrist to be back at full strength?

About how long will it take for my broken arm/wrist to be back at full strength?

Can not tell: Healing the fracture requires formation of new bone to unite the pieces. It depends on the method of fixation, the blood supply, and your vitamin d levels. Doctors can check with xray to see the callus formation which shows on xray and is an indication of the new bone formation. Read more

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How long would it take until I can play tennis after a broken arm?

2 to 3 months: Usually after the fx has healed and the arm properly reha, that is you have ragain your strenght and mobility back. Depanding upon where the fx is localized and fx characteristic could be nbeyween two and three months. Read more

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In terms of recovery time, which takes longer: a torn ACL or a broken arm?

In terms of recovery time, which takes longer: a torn ACL or a broken arm?

Variable: Depends on break and intervention. Acl in my office does not go back to sports for at least 4 months and a non op humerus depends on healing but at least 4steady months as well. Read more

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How long should you wait to set a broken arm?

Why wait: The setting position of the bones and the fixation is useful for expediting healing. New bone has to be manufactured by your body. There is no good reason to wait. Read more

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How long is it safe to leave a broken arm unattended for?

How long is it safe to leave a broken arm unattended for?

Depends: Fractures that come through the skin are treated like emergencies, to minimize the risk of infection. Closed fractures are best placed into a reasonable position & splinted to reduce risk of further soft tissue injury and for comfort. Most fractures are treated within a week or so, but occasionally after failure of non-op treatment, surgeries may take place later. It's harder, but it can be don. Read more

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I had surgery for a broken arm. How long until I can get better?

6-16 weeks: If you had surgery on your forearm the fracture should be healed in 6-8 weeks. The upper arm takes 12-16 weeks. If the surgery gives stable fixation you can use your arm after a couple of days for eating, writing and typing. Read more

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How long does a broken arm take to heal completely after surgery?

How long does a broken arm take to heal completely after surgery?

Depends: Location, degree of injury, tupe of fixation, age, general health all come into play but in most adults farctuers on average take 6-8 weeks to heal with respect to a united bone. 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