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Why does a doctor put a cast on a broken arm or leg?

Why does a doctor put a cast on a broken arm or leg?

Better healing: Treatment for most fractures (broken bones) involves immobilizing the bone. Most commonly this is done by placing a cast (plaster or fiberglass) on the broken bone until it is healed. ...Read more

Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

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


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How to get rid of or lessen the pain of a broken arm or leg?

How to get rid of or lessen the pain of a broken arm or leg?

Less movement: These "long"bones have lots of muscle attachments;the less you pull on the fracture the less they hurt. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a broken arm or leg bone?

What does it feel like to have a broken arm or leg bone?

Painful!: Until the bone is stabilized either operatively or non-operatively, it is very painful! ...Read more

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Help please? How long would surgery take for a broken arm/leg?

Help please? How long would surgery take for a broken arm/leg?

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

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Will a broken arm always require a cast?

Will a broken arm always require a cast?

No: Almost all fractures require some kind of immobilization - but that can come in many different forms, depending on the fracture - plaster/fiberglass splints, velcro splints, slings, shoulder immobilizers, hinged braces, and, of course, casts. ...Read more

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How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

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

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Whats the difference between a cast or a sling for a broken arm?

Whats the difference between a cast or a sling for a broken arm?

Two different things: The cast to immobilize the bone and sling to help carry the cast. ...Read more

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How many weeks would one have to typically wear a cast for a broken arm?

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

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Just got my cast of from a broken arm. It's very stiff. How do I soften it up?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. They can help evaluate your injury and created a treatment plan to return you to your daily activities. ...Read more

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When will I be able to drive after having a cast removed from a broken arm?

When will I be able to drive after having a cast removed from a broken arm?

Depends: Stiffness should be expected and limited hand and wrist motion may limit driving. Once the stiffness is worked out, then driving can be resumed. With daily range of motion exercises, the stiffnes should be adequately worked out 1-2 weeks after coming out of cast. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Fractured ankle: You should be able to dorsiflex the ankle at this point ....
Please consult your doctor for an examination and an xray. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I thank i fractured my ankle. Will the doctor put me to sleep or just put a cast on it?

That really depends: On the fracture. Many fractures don't require surgical repair. However very serious one might need surgical intervention - in that case you may be put to sleep. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Recast..: There are reasons to remove and replace a cast early on, especially, if the cast needs to be refitted for optimum stabilization. To remove all doubt, ask him. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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

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