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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Are fiberglass type casts required if you have a stress fracture?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Are fiberglass type casts required if you have a stress fracture?

Some time: To unload that bone from the stress you apply on it. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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?

Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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?

LONG ARM CAST: you have to stabilize the elbow in order to properly support the proximal nature of the fracture. ...Read more

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

Dr. Zahid Niazi
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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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Dr. Annette Occhialini
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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?

Dr. Annette Occhialini
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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?

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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Dr. Natalie Sieb
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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?

Dr. Natalie Sieb
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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?

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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Dr. Rhett Griggs
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Dr. Payam Rafat
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How long do people usually wear casts for if they have a fractured ankle?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
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Healing times vary: Healing rates may vary on various factors. In general bone may take 4-8 weeks to heal. You may be placed in a cast initially and then be asked to wear a rigid walking boot for the remainder of the healing process. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Makowiec
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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Might there be any new ways of treating and fixing fractures than using heavy plaster of paris casts?

Dr. Richard Makowiec
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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Might there be any new ways of treating and fixing fractures than using heavy plaster of paris casts?

Need more info: Fractures can be treated by a variety of means and plaster of paris is rarely used now. Currently, fiberglass is more commonly used and is lighter. Also, specialized liners have been developed to allow for water proof casting. Additionally, for some fractures, surgery will allow for a more rapid recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Are there any new ways of treating and fixing fractures besides using a heavy plaster of paris casts?

Dr. Allen Lu
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Of course: We have so many ways of fixing fractures, including lightweight casts, splints, and braces. We also have so many surgical techniques from invasive to minimally invasive. Now, it depends on the bone that is broken and the relative best way to restore form and function. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Are casts put on for avulsion fractures or is it not needed?

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Are casts put on for avulsion fractures or is it not needed?

Not usually: More often cam boots are used for immobilization. ...Read more

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