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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. Ajay Balaram
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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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Whats the difference between a cast or a sling for a broken arm?

Whats 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?

Yes: Must of the time yes, however depend upon where the fx is, the particular bone involved and the characteristic of the fx.It varies from a simple splint to a full arm cast. ...Read more

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