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Why does a doctor put a cast on a broken arm or leg?
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Robert Gluck
Agree...the two basic parts of bone healing are Reduction ie getting the bones in place and Fixation ie holding them in place. A cast is one way of holding the bones in place as well as protecting the healing bone. Other forms of fixation would include pins, plates, and screws.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: Cast
A cast stops motionand allows healing.

In brief: Cast
A cast stops motionand allows healing.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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