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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
Less movement: These "long"bones have lots of muscle attachments;the less you pull on the fracture the less they hurt. ...Read more
Painful!: Until the bone is stabilized either operatively or non-operatively, it is very painful! ...Read more
That depends on : The injury/ injuries, any other complicating factors ; the surgical procedures that need to be performed. There is no one size fits all answer for this question. ...Read more
Usually 4-6 weeks: Arm fractures usually heal in 4-6 weeks depending on the extent of fracture, type of fractuere and which arm bone or bones are affected. All things equal you should expect 4-6 weeks but your orthopedist may think differently based on follow up exam, x-rays and your individual case study. Follow up and keep open dialog with your doctor. ...Read more
6 weeks: Fracture healing depends on the severity of the injury. Forearm fractures typically heal in 6-8 weeks and are usually casted for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
I broke my wrist have a full arm cast is it possible for me to do track. The dr said no running jumping or twisting my broken arm can I throw still?
Not very well as it-: -requires twisting motion. Best 2 remain a spectator until healed. Push it & you can have problems healing. ...Read more
Hi dear doctors, 2 weeks ago i had malleolus medialis, no short-leg cast is put on my ankle, but i cannot bend it upwards (dorsiflexion) is it ok?
You should be able to dorsiflex the ankle at this point ....
Please consult your doctor for an examination and an xray. ...Read more
Brusies keep showing up on my legs and arms went to doc they told me I wz malenurrished so they put me on 10 different vit but why do I still hv them?
My ankle is bruised and inflamed for 2 months. My doctors are puzzled because RICE isn't helping and xrays are fine. Should they put me in a leg cast?
MRI first: Based on 2 months of symptoms, I would suggest an MRI to look for a problem that x-ray and physical exam can not detect. Cartilage, ligament and tendon problems can be better detected with an MRI, and these can be common sources of pain and swelling in the ankle. I would not suggest a cast without a definitive diagnosis. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
My arm is in a split and I am going to an orthopedic doctor tomorrow - will they put a full cast on me?
My son broke his wrist near the radial artery, now it pops when he lifts his arm and has numbness in his thumb. Is this normal? The doctor splinted it until the swelling goes down to have a cast put on.
I hurt my ankle 9 weeks ago, pain swelling. Doc said torn ligament put in air cast for 6 weeks. took off, swells immediately and more pain. What's nex?
PT or MRI: The ankle sprain that does not improve often either needs physical therapy or an MRI. PT helps reduce pain, improve motion, strength and function. MRI can uncover all the sources of pain, and at times, changes the treatment options. If I can be of further assistance, then join my care team and virtual practice: www.healthtap.com/dr-ClarkeHolmes ...Read more
I have grade2 torn ankle ligaments after cast for 5 days the doc said put another one for 2 more weeks can this be right?
Ankle orif 4 weeks ago doc said healing well. Just slipped + put some weight on cast no pain no swelling. Could I have re broke bone or made it worse?
Instead of: driving yourself crazy thinking about it…see the doc and let him X-ray... ...Read more
I have a severe swelling (Ankle). I had fallen from bus and my ankle twisted so doc put fibre cast its been a week that the cast is removed.
I would recommend: a compressive aelastic anklet if no contraindication. ...Read more
Iv got ankle sprain 2weeks ago.Very much swelng, 2bruise but no pain.Doctor has put knee length cast on mi eg for 6weeks.Whn shod istrt walkg wd cast?
Confused...: This question is a great one for your md. Please realize he/she needs to address this specifically right away. If you haven't asked, overcome your hesitation and do so. If you have, you deserve to be told clearly and patiently what you need to know. Don't be shy to ask to have information repeated. It's ok! ...Read more
It's been six weeks since i broke my ankle and air boot cast and I have not put any weight on it during all this time. Coming back to doc today. Will i be able to start walking today? Thanks.
Ask your doctor: Your treating physician is the most appropriate for this answer. He or She will evaluate the healing, your symptoms and presenting injury to make this determination. In general most fractures heal in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Dislocated both radial and ulna bone at the elbow joint. Doc is put me in a cast for 2 weeks. Does that timeframe seem normal for an elbow dislocation?
Hi, I sprained my ankle badly, doctor did X-ray and said there was no fracture, they put a cast, removed it after 10 days, but still painful. Normal?
Yes: Very normal. Sprains take longer to heal than breaks!! ...Read more
Hi, 3 weeks ago i sprained my ankle. Well the first doctor who saw my xrays said that i had broken it but she said it was an odd break. Was put in a cast for a week. Then went back to the fracture clinic and the doctor told me that no bones were broken an
Incomplete question!: Your question cut off! Ask again, but you have only 150 characters, including punctuation and spaces. Reading x-rays depends on symptoms, experience, and the clinical picture and the quality of the film, as well as the amount of swelling. Docs who are not radiologists, tend to be more conservative and err on the side of caution on questionable changes that could be fractures but are iffy. ...Read more
10yr old fractured tibia and fibia and cast just removed. X-ray still shows fracture in fibia and it's not aligned. Doc said it will correct itself. Now in walking boot. Can I use the boot for 2weeks then put her into a stabilizing ankle brace until the f
Fractured fibula: should be cared for as directed by your physician such as using the walking boot for the full recommended length of time. Based on information you provided can't give additional advice because I don't know when the fracture took place, where in the tibia/fibula it is and how displaced the fracture is. This type of injury really needs to be seen and followed in an office setting. ...Read more
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