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Why Does A Doctor Put A Cast On A Broken Arm Or Leg
An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read more
I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could i just leave a splint on it?
Splint may be fine: A splint may be fine, depending upon time from injury and x-ray status. If you are already more than a couple weeks out from injury, a splint is likely fine, as long as it adequately protects your injured bone from further harm during the full 6 weeks of healing usually required for such a fracture. ...Read more
Highly unlikely: At this time, the only patient that might have a cast used to treated a broken femur would be a young child. Essentially all other patients, from teens up through adults, will undergo surgery for a broken femur. Presumably we are discussing femoral shaft fractures, not a minor fracture such as a greater trochanteric fracture. ...Read more
I have a small radial head fracture and sprained wrist. Saw the Dr and he didn't put a cast on or anything. Should I get a second opinion?
Have it looked at.: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. If fractured, you will need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. If fractured, it may need to be reduced in the office or possibly in the operating room. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
X-ray: This is usually something that can be determined in a physician's office with a x-ray. ...Read more
If you don't wear a cast or a boot for a broken fibula and tibia what will happen because i take my boot off a lot.?
Cast removal: early: The bones may not heal properly, perhaps heal crookedly ( out of alignment) or not heal at all ( malunion, i think) or may luckily heal ok. How long have you been casted? When you remove the cast , do you walk on the foot? Or use crutches? Older you are , greater the risk of (the above) occurring. Why do you remove the support? Itching. Poor fit? Hurts? Best to discuss with your doctor! ...Read more
Pain in shoulder after falling on elbow. Can't put pressure on hand or arm. Should I get an x ray? I don't think anything is broken.
My foot is a little swollen. Can't put pressure on it. What will the doctors do?Will i get a walkingboot and crutches?
Evaluate & treat: You can't put pressure on a swollen foot so i assume you hurt & it's painful. Your family physician has to take a history (find out what happened) & examine you. S/he may want to order some xrays depending upon what you say & what s/he finds upon exam. Based upon all that, crutches may be all that's recommended for a simple sprain. Walking boot can be used in some ankle fractures or severe sprains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm a server, broke my ankle 3 weeks ago it's in a cast, I can put weight on it and walk,is it a good idea to go back to work?
Likely not: But would all depend on the extent of the injury. ...Read more
My housemate was hit by a car. Left leg broken. Had surgery. Given crutches and a prescription. No cast. Why would a doctor not provide a cast?
If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky
Will get right one: First you need to see your MD get X-ray If nothing you get nothing , if there is a fracture depending what type it is , some times a small fragment is in the joint you may need even open reduction to prevent future arthritis of joint , let orthopedist decide , seek medical help , it is free in UK you are lucky . ...Read more
If I have a hairline fracture below my big toe will I need a cast that comes up to my ankle or a cast that comes up to my knee or will I need one at all?
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