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How long will a fractured wrist be in the cast?

How long will a fractured wrist be in the cast?

4-6 weeks: This depends on the fracture pattern and patient. Wrist fractures are commonly splinted for 7-10 days after injury to allow for swelling and then placed into a cast for 4 weeks. It is common to wear a removable brace for 2-4 weeks after the cast is removed. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

I can be: After a wrist fracture it is normal to have pain and swelling for many months sometimes as long a 6 months to a year. Therapy can help reduce the swelling and improve your motion. See your doctor to make sure nothing else is going on and that this is normal soreness after a fracture. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

Long Time: It is normal for you to have sorness, swelling and stiffness in your hand for many months. Occupational therapy can help get this worked out faster. ...Read more

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Do I need a cast for a fractured wrist if so what kind?

Do I need a cast for a fractured wrist if so what kind?

Depends: The type of cast depends on which bone or bones are fractures. An x-ray will best evaluate the fracture and your doctor will determine what type of cast is needed. ...Read more

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What will happen to the skin when a cast is put on for a fractured wrist?

What will happen to the skin when a cast is put on for a fractured wrist?

Usually nothing: Sometimes you can get an allergic reaction
if the cast it too tight your distal extermity will turn blue

ask your doc who applied the cast. ...Read more

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I fractured my olecranon almost 4 weeks ago and recent got my cast off, today I woke up and my wrist is a green color.

Varies: I would not hesitate to be seen, but the most common cause is some degree of bruising and hematoma that tracked down from your elbow to your wrist related to your fracture. ...Read more

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Information on a fractured wrist and surgery please? Why would first cast allow shifting? Done wrong?

Can be unstable: Wow, this is a broad topic. For example, wrist fractures in kids are completely different than in adults. However, some fractures are inherently unstable and are bound to shift, even in the best cast. This is true of both adult and pediatric wrist fractures. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I work at a cafe and fractured my wrist are I'm employees allowed to let I work with a cast or isn't it by law?

Cast at cafe: May be a health risk/violation. Check with your employer and local health department for confirmation of this. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain after cast from wrist fracture?

Is it normal to have pain after cast from wrist fracture?

Wrist fracture: Some pain is normal, some not. You will typically have some pain from the injury itself, but this should steadily resolve if the fracture has been properly treated. Likewise, there may be some discomfort from the cast but this should also steadily improve and should be tolerable. If not, the cast may not be properly placed and/or too tight or maybe the fracture has shifted. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do you need a cast for a ulnar wrist fracture?

Do you need a cast for a ulnar wrist fracture?

Maybe: Depend on the fracture often a pre fabricated splint will suffice. ...Read more

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Is a cast required to treat a wrist fracture?

Sometimes: It depends upon the type of fracture. Fractures that are unstable need cast immobilization or surgery. Stable fractures can be treated with just a splint. ...Read more

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Can you fracture your wrist even if you already have a cast on?

Yes: Two issues
1. You may displace or disrupt the "set" fracture in the cast;
2. You can break a bone above or below the cast
bottom line >> be careful; if you have problems then go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain after cast removal for wrist fracture?

Yes: It is normal for a wrist to be very stiff and sore when the cast comes off. It can sometimes last for 3-6 months but does typically resolve. Occupational therapy can help with the stiffness. ...Read more

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What exercises should a geriatric do 3 weeks before a cast is removed, following a wrist fracture?

What exercises should a geriatric do 3 weeks before a cast is removed, following a wrist fracture?

Move fingers: Finger stiffness most common problem after cast treatment for wrist fractures. Must be able to make a full fist and open hand fully while in the cast. ...Read more

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What exercises should a geriatric do 3 weeks before a cast is removed, following a wrist fracture?

What exercises should a geriatric do 3 weeks before a cast is removed, following a wrist fracture?

Anything but: You can do anything but get the cast wet or have your wrist be lower than your heart. The more that you move your elbow, shoulder and digits, the faster and better will your recovery be. ...Read more

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I am six weeks with cast for my wrist fracture just the past few days my fingers are swollen should I be concerned?

I am six weeks with cast for my wrist fracture just the past few days my fingers are swollen should I be concerned?

Your cast may be: Too tight and therefore constricting blood flow in and out of your hand. I would call your orthopedic or emergency room doctor and have them revise the cast ASAP. You do not want to wait until the hand has gone numb, purple, or lose circulation. At least they should take a look at it. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have a wrist fracture near the thumb. The fracture is small but I put my wrist in cast. I am 18 years. Will this work? Or I need a surgery?

I have a wrist fracture near the thumb. The fracture is small but I put my wrist in cast. I am 18 years. Will this work? Or I need a surgery?

Depends: A picture of your x-ray is really necessary for any orthopaedic surgeon or upper extremity surgeon to have any idea what to advise on this manner. The scaphoid is a wrist bone on the thumb side that is notorious for being a difficult bone to heal, while a chip fracture off other bones on the thumb side can be significant only in that they indicate ligament injury (sprain). ...Read more

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Wrist range, elbow range problem after 10 weeks in cast after surgery w/ internal fixation of plates w/ scews for raduis and ulnar fracture?

Stiffness is expectd: After 10 weeks in a cast for anything. Dedicated hand therapy from a CHT or certified hand therapist can be a very efficient way to address stiffness, strength and other associated issues. Speak to your surgeon about this. After internal fixation the time frame is several months, at least, before one may notice a more "normal" feeling. But it could take 1-2 years! ...Read more

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I broke my wrist three weeks ago and went to the fracture clinic where they changed my cast today the pain is unbearable I've tried painkillers?

Pain should subside: Fracture pain should consistently subside over the course of 1-2 weeks after successful reduction. Seek another orthopaedic evaluation to determine if the fracture has remained stable (in position), or of more treatment besides casting is needed at this time. ...Read more

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24 days after cast removed (casted 4 weeks) for non-displaced left wrist triquetrum chip fracture, son still has pain during baseball. Is this normal?

Triquetral avulsion: Fractures can take some time for pain to go away. There is not typically a structural issue, it is an avulsion o the tendinous attachment and capsular attachment to the bone. Sometimes after immobilization there is pain with extremes of flexion and deviation, for some of these casting is not used as stiffness can be a source of pain. Gentle ROM and time and therapy if needed typically suffices ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

Depends: Most do will with a supportive forearm splint x 3 wks but this is something your pcp must decide after a hands on exam. If they find the buckle fracture atypical or have other concerns they may send you to an orthopedist for his/her input on rx. ...Read more

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I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

Splint may be fine: A splint may be fine, depending upon time from injury and x-ray status. If you are already more than a couple weeks out from injury, a splint is likely fine, as long as it adequately protects your injured bone from further harm during the full 6 weeks of healing usually required for such a fracture. ...Read more

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If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

Will get right one: First you need to see your MD get X-ray If nothing you get nothing, if there is a fracture depending what type it is, some times a small fragment is in the joint you may need even open reduction to prevent future arthritis of joint, let orthopedist decide, seek medical help, it is free in UK you are lucky. ...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