Table of Contents
- 1 What are the complications of tight cast?
- 2 What happens if you fall with a cast on?
- 3 What are three reasons you may contact your doctor regarding your cast?
- 4 What is a hard cast?
- 5 How long is too long for a cast?
- 6 What is the most common method of reducing and immobilizing a fracture?
- 7 Why does my cast feel tight?
What are the complications of tight cast?
What are some complications associated with casts and splints?
- Numbness or tingling in the affected limb.
- Cold or pale skin or skin with a bluish tinge.
- Burning or stinging.
- Increased pain or swelling.
What happens if you fall with a cast on?
You may damage your skin, compromise the stability of the cast, or accidentally drop the object into the cast causing more discomfort. Don’t apply lotions, powders or deodorant to the skin under the cast. They may cause bacteria growth. If you notice red or raw skin under your cast, contact your provider.
What is the rationale for immobilizing a fractured bone?
The main purpose of splinting is to immobilize the joints and bones above and below the fracture site. This is to prevent bone edges from moving and damaging other muscles, vessels or nerves and further complications.
What are three reasons you may contact your doctor regarding your cast?
your fingers or toes swelling or changing colour to white or blue. a burning feeling, stinging, pins and needles or persistent pain under the cast. your cast feeling too tight or too loose. a bad smell coming from inside your cast.
What is a hard cast?
A hard cast, sometimes referred to as an orthopedic cast, is a hard shell made from fiberglass or plaster. This type of cast is hard and not removable or fitted for flexibility. This casts main function is to hold and stabilize broken bones until the bone heals.
Can you take an Xray with a cast on?
In addition, x-rays can “see through” fiberglass better than through plaster. This is important because your doctor will probably schedule additional x-rays after your splint or cast has been applied. X-rays can show whether the bones are healing well or have moved out of place.
How long is too long for a cast?
Ice your cast for the first 48 hours One of the best methods to ice down your cast is to use bags of frozen vegetables.
What is the most common method of reducing and immobilizing a fracture?
Cast immobilization is the most common method where a material (typically plaster or fiberglass) is wrapped around an injured extremity and allowed to harden.
What is the difference between a hard and soft cast?
A cast, which keeps a bone from moving so it can heal, is essentially a big bandage that has two layers — a soft cotton layer that rests against the skin and a hard outer layer that prevents the broken bone from moving.
Why does my cast feel tight?
Your cast may feel snug, especially the first few days after your injury. Usually it’s from your body swelling. To make it go down: Prop up the injured part of the body so it’s higher than your heart.