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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not necessarily: It depend what fracture you have and were the fracture located, some require hand cast some are not. ...Read more
Minimum if fx stable: The pain should be minimum if the fracture is stable. ...Read more
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
Until: The provider that put it on tells you to rake it off. ...Read more
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?
Did I wait too long to get a cast on my very slightly fractured hand? Would I heal abnormally? It has been a week and 2 days.
Depends upon type: Different fractures are treated differently. You need to see an ortho doc right away for an eval. ...Read more
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
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
See below: Generally speaking, fractures take 6-8 weeks to heal and thus, casts are on that amount of time (sometimes longer). ...Read more
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
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
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