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What happens if you keep your hand cast on longer than recommended?

What happens if you keep your hand cast on longer than recommended?

Stiffness: Keeping your hand or wrist in a cast too long can increase the stiffness in your joints, and then make it harder to regain full motion. ...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


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Is a hand cast supposed to be painful?

Is a hand cast supposed to be painful?

No: Casts are designed to immobilize fractures and thereby lessen the pain. You will continue to have some pain at the fracture site but pain elsewhere or increasing pain should be brought to the attention of the surgeon. One common resaon for increasing pain is swelling because the hand is not elevated enough. ...Read more

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Please tell me about how a hand cast is taken off?

Please tell me about how a hand cast is taken off?

A cast saw: Is an oscillating device that vibrates, It does not spin. It will cut into a hard cast but not into soft padding or skin or tissue if it is not dragged across. In other word used properly. I typically show the patient how the cast sits on my skin before I remove a cat to reassure them. Remember it does not spin it merely oscialltes or vibrates that is why is won't cut soft things ...Read more

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Is it normal that my newly placed hand cast hurts?

Is it normal that my newly placed hand cast hurts?

Yes: It takes a few days after fracture for swelling to start to decrease. The pain from a fracture gradually diminishes as the fracture begins to heal and become stable. Until then ther may be some pain at the fracture due to the normal muscle paul on the fracture fragments. If the pain is unchanged for a couple of weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Not sure what to do with my hand cast now that it is off?

Old cast: I would throw it away unless you have some famous signatures on it. You can pull out all the old stinky padding if you want to keep it. ...Read more

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How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

Suprisingly a cast: Is often lighter than you think, less than a pound often. But it is inconvenient at times, weight that you may not be sued to holding all the time and often the part that the cast is on is not being utilized normally. Gentle elevation while sleeping woth apilow on the chest often hels swelling which can also make th hand feel "heavy"
slings are ok but be careful that a sling is not overused. ...Read more

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Could you pick up a hand cast if your thumb is broken?

Could you pick up a hand cast if your thumb is broken?

Not effective: Over the counter splints give rise to some support and protection and work well for overuse and soft tissue inflammatory injuries. However a fracture requires reduction, either open or closed, and then a well molded cast applied by the treating physician. Casts are fabricated specifically for the injury or fracture being treated. ...Read more

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I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

Leave on: Cast is necessary to maintain position of fracture to allow it to heal properly do not remove the cast. Do not stick anything down inside the cast can cause infection, do not spray anything into the cast. ...Read more

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I fractured my hand about 3 weeks ago and got a hand cast last week, am I supposed to be feeling pain now? Because it began to hurt today.

See doctor: There will be some discomfort as healing takes place. But if you are following the instructions you were given and the pain is increasing then call the doctor and get it checked. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of stinky smell from my hand cast?

Oil of wintergreen: We use this in foul smelling cases on our masks. Usaually we just change the cast in the office. Some of my patients live 3 hours away and this might help rather than drive 6 hours round trip to get a cast change. This could also be an indicator of infection if there is a would so talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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My hand cast is off now, but it's still badly bruised. Is this normal?

Bruising: Bruising can take weeks to months to resolve depending upon the density of the bruising.
A bruise is blood under the skin or tissues. As it is absorbed by the body and as the blood breaks down into components, the col0r of the brusie slowly changes. For fractures, bruising can be intense and track far away form the injury site. ...Read more

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If you fracture your pinkie finger do you still have to have a hand cast?

If you fracture your pinkie finger do you still have to have a hand cast?

Not necessarily: It depend what fracture you have and were the fracture located, some require hand cast some are not. ...Read more

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For how long do I have to wear a cast on my hand?

For how long do I have to wear a cast on my hand?

Varies: It depends completely upon your diagnosis. If you are in a cast because you have broken a bone in your hand, most bones heal by about 6-8 weeks. It is common for follow up x-rays to be done to determine when the bone has healed and when you can come out of your cast. Thank you. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How long should I keep my cast/splint on my hand after surgery?

How long should I keep my cast/splint on my hand after surgery?

Until: The provider that put it on tells you to rake it off. ...Read more

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When you have a bad break in your hand, how long until they normally cast it?

When you have a bad break in your hand, how long until they normally cast it?

When swelling down: It is very hard and dangerous to cast very swelling arm or foot, few days when the swelling go down you could apply the cast. ...Read more

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Chipped a bone in my hand, got a half slab temporary cast. How long should I be wearing this?

Chipped a bone in my hand, got a half slab temporary cast. How long should I be wearing this?

Depends: It depends on the bone and location. Usually a temporary cast or splint is used until you are seen by the specialist, who will decide whether you need a full cast, splint, or nothing and for how long. It averages about 6 weeks for a bone to heal. ...Read more

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I have had a broken hand taken out of a cast and put in a splint how long till I can do heavy lifting again?

It depends: This is highly dependent on the type of fracture you had, location of the fracture and how long it had been in a cast. Most fractures are healed in 6-8 weeks, but the final decision should be made by the person most familiar with your particular situation. ...Read more

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I had a cast on my hand and went to remove it at the hospital today, how long before I regain full flexibility and before the swelling goes away?

I had a cast on my hand and went to remove it at the hospital today, how long before I regain full flexibility and before the swelling goes away?

Everyone's different: Flexibility will come back gradually as you work on improving your motion. The more consistent you re, the faster it will return. Assuming your fracture healed and your anatomy has been restored, you should exect to regain your full motion eventually. ...Read more

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If I ask the dr to put a cast on my hand instead of having to wear a brace for even longer would he? I've had trigger finger on my pinky all my lif

If I ask the dr to put a cast on my hand instead of having to wear a brace for even longer would he? I've had trigger finger on my pinky all my lif

Release it: If you have a true trigger finger, it can easily be released by transection of the A1 pulley and you would not have to wear a brace or cast ...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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I fractureed my wrist. How long shopuld a cast be on?

I fractureed my wrist. How long shopuld a cast be on?

See below: Generally speaking, fractures take 6-8 weeks to heal and thus, casts are on that amount of time (sometimes longer). ...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 will you need a cast for a broken thumb?

How long will you need a cast for a broken thumb?

Depends: Depends on the type of fracture
and how fast you heal discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long would it take my broken wrist to heal with a cast on?

How long would it take my broken wrist to heal with a cast on?

There are many: Variations depending upon the degree and severity of the fracture but a good ballpark figure is 8 weeks to heal but I always tell people that a fractured wrist functionally is a 3 to 4 month process of healing therapy and strengthening. ...Read more

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I would like to know everything about casts and broken wrists. How long do you have a cast on for a broken wrist?

I would like to know everything about casts and broken wrists. How long do you have a cast on for a broken wrist?

Broken wrist: Is a very big term. It can mean a hairline fracture in a bone tha heals fast or a displaced fracture in a bone that has bad blood supply. Simple nondisplaced fractures are casted for 3-4 weeks often but complex fractures in some bones of the wrist (that don't have surgery) can be casted for 9-12 weeks. The inure, the ;ovation, the pattern, health factors, smoking, all play a role in time to "heal". ...Read more