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Types Of Casts For Fractures
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
Please tell me what type of cast would you wear if you fractured your ulna about an inch or two from your elbow?
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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