Splints and Casts

Friday, March 22, 2013

Your doctor has applied a cast or a splint to help heal a broken bone or other injury. What things should you avoid and how should you care for your cast or splint? Dr. Edward Hill tells us in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Splints and casts support and protect injured bones and soft tissue, reducing pain, swelling and muscle spasm. In some cases, splints and casts are applied following surgery.

You will probably have swelling for a few days after your surgery or injury that can make your cast or splint feel tight. Reduce the swelling by raising the injured arm or leg above your heart level as often as possible for at least 72 hours after you get your cast or splint.

Unless you have a fiberglass cast with a quick-drying lining, do not get your cast wet. If you have a removable splint, ask your doctor if its okay to remove it to bathe.

Itchy skin is common under a cast. Blowing cool air from a hair dryer or fan into the cast may help. Never stick items under your cast to scratch the skin. Dont use oils or lotions near your cast.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience any problems with your cast or splint.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.