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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

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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?

Cast saw: A cast saw is used to split the cast. It is a vibratory saw that will only cut hard material and avoids potential of cutting patient. The cast is then spread at the cuts and the padding is divided to remove the cast. ...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?

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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