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What Happens When You Get Cast Off
More info: Most casts can be signed using a permanent marker. ...Read more
It may not: Heal properly and may be unnecessarily painful. ...Read more
Requiring a cast: Casts are use to immobilize bones and joints. In this way, injuries to bones and the muscles that move them can be treated by keeping them motionless and allowing the bones to heal and any associated inflammatory reactions to resolve. Therefore, we use casts to immobilize broken bones and put to rest tendon and ligament injuries (requiring surgery or not). ...Read more
Varies: The scaphoid is a slow bone to heal and orthopaedic surgeons having different opinions on what type of cast and for how long to cast. Some will cast above your elbow, and all the way to the tip of your thumb. Others, below the elbow and just below the joint in your thumb. A cast may be required for a minimum of 6 weeks, and possibly as long as 3 or more months. ...Read more
Got 2 wires in pinky. Happened early Aug. due to football. Had casts and splints. About to get my cast off and wires out. Will it be completely healed?
Will be healed: to a significant degree, complete healing may take another month ...Read more
Ankle support: Ankle braces can be acquired over the counter at the local pharmacy. Unfortunately, the really good ones are prescription. An actual fiberglass or plaster cast for a fracture treatment is usually done in a doctor's office and changed on a biweekly or so basis (more often if the patient has diabetes so that skin changes can be observed). ...Read more
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