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Doctor insights on: Types Of Casts For Fractures

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Please tell me what type of cast would you wear if you fractured your ulna about an inch or two from your elbow?

Please tell me what type of cast would you wear if you fractured your ulna about an inch or two from your elbow?

Ulna fracture : If midshaft or so called nightstick fracture may not need a cast. Fractures close To the elbow may need a long arm cast but must Be assessed for Elbow function and stability and could need surgery if displaced Distal fractures and injuries to the drug need Reduction and casting or surgery ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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Fractured lateral malleolus type B, Had operation needed plate and 6 screws. 21 Healthy. Feels good 0 pain good movement. Heal time? when out of cast?

Fractured lateral malleolus type B, Had operation needed plate and 6 screws. 21 Healthy. Feels good 0 pain good movement. Heal time? when out of cast?

6 weeks bone healing: It takes 6 weeks for the fibula bone to heal. You may be transitioned out of a cast into a protective walking boot much sooner than that. I will routinely allow my patients to begin partial weight bearing in a boot at 3-4 weeks and begin full weight bearing by 6 weeks after surgery. Physical therapy can be initiated during this time period. It can take 6 months for your ankle to feel normal. ...Read more

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I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

Ulnar gutter splint: Splint for 3-4 weeks okay if it immobilizes the joint above and below the fracture site. Your pcp or hand surgeon can ensure that you do not need manipulation and then will customize an ulnar gutter splint for you. ...Read more

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I fractured my hand (brawler's fracture) but do not want to have a cast because I need to type for work. What can I do?

I fractured my hand (brawler's fracture) but do not want to have a cast because I need to type for work. What can I do?

Boxer's fracture?: If you mean a boxer's fracture i'm sorry to tell you a cast may be your best bet sometimes these are operated on to fix the bone if can't be reduced but surgery is not usually done just to avoid a cast. ...Read more

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I'm online now. Type your question here.How long will I be in a air boot cast after a trimallelor fracture and surgery?

I'm online now. Type your question here.How long will I be in a air boot cast after a trimallelor fracture and surgery?

Cast: Likely anywhere from 6-8 weeks depending on the severity of the fracture and how well the surgery went. Your surgeon should be able to tell you what he/she expects for your particular case. Best wishes to you for fast healing. ...Read more

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Do i need a cast for my fractured my fibula?

Do i need a cast for my fractured my fibula?

Depends on location: Treatment of a fibular fracture depends on location of the fracture, any displacement and the presence or absence of any associated bone or soft tissue injury. Treatment may go from none to casting to possible surgery. An orthopedic surgeon can help you. ...Read more

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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

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How long do I think I will have a cast on from a fractured calcaneus ?

How long do I think I will have a cast on from a fractured calcaneus ?

All depends on how: it progresses based on X-rays. (bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks.) ...Read more

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Badly fractured calcaneus cast just got removed, how long before I can walk again?

Badly fractured calcaneus cast just got removed, how long before I can walk again?

Heel fracture: You will have to undergo about 4-8 weeks of physical therapy. You will be able to walk but might have some stiffness. With a severe calcaneus fracture you can develop arthritis. You even might need some bracing to help you walk. ...Read more

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Fractured left scaphoid 7 weeks... In a cast.... Increasing pain and lots of pressure in the cast the last 2 days..Can you recommend relief?

Fractured left scaphoid 7 weeks... In a cast.... Increasing  pain and lots of pressure in the cast the last 2 days..Can you recommend relief?

Put a screw in it: I know it sounds more aggressive, but surgical care for a scaphoid fracture with the placement of a screw will likely provide you with a more definitive and successful outcome. A cast would be necessary for a very long time without surgery. If you are getting worse, get a new x-ray and see how it has changed. Surgery may be a better option for you. ...Read more

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I have been in a cast for 6 weeks for fractured scaphoid I fell and am in a lot of pain my cast comes off next week will I end up in another cast?

I have been in a cast for 6 weeks for fractured scaphoid I fell and am in a lot of pain my cast comes off next week  will I end up in another cast?

It depends: It depends on the fracture location, displacement, and your health. On average scaphoid fractures take 3 months to heal so it is likely you will be immobilized further. ...Read more

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I fractured my hamte bone and got my cast off yesterday I had the cast on for 4 weeks. He said i should be able tp practice in 2 weeks. Any thoughts?

I fractured my hamte bone and got my cast off yesterday I had the cast on for 4 weeks. He said i should be able tp practice in 2 weeks. Any thoughts?

Fracture care: Usually takes 4-6 weeks for bone to heal if you are young and healthy. Start range of motion exercise and pain should be your guide as to how much you can do. Icing after activity to minimize the swelling helps control the pain and discomfort. ...Read more

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Fractured my fibula, will it fully heal with no cast?

It probably will...: But, the fibula is the "key" to ankle stability. Every fibular fracture should be evaluated and treated by a professional. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

It depend: Were the located, in the proximal end , the shaft or the distal end and if displaced or not , simple fracture take about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can a fractured foot heal without a cast?

Can a fractured foot heal without a cast?

Yes: It can heal but more than likely it will heal with extra bone formation. You might then have a bump in the area which may be problematic. Of course there is a good possibility of a painful nonunion where you would need a surgical procedure. ...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