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What Happens If You Keep Your Hand Cast On Longer Than Recommended
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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