A broken bone, whether it’s a hairline fracture or a complete break, is never an easy fix. But when you’re under the care of Cesar E. Ceballos, MD, of OrthoMiami in Miami, you can be assured he’ll make your recovery as seamless as possible. The OrthoMiami team guides you through proper fracture care, so you know just how to live with your injury as it heals. OrthoMiami regularly sees patients with urgent care needs. If you have a major injury that can’t wait, call the office right away to get an appointment. You can even book a visit online if your injury doesn’t require urgent care.
The team at OrthoMiami ensures you know everything about caring for your cast before you head home. In general, though, the most important thing you need to remember is to avoid getting it wet. When you have to shower or bathe, cover your cast with a sturdy trash bag and securely tape it up. You might need to do this if you have to go out in rain or snow, too.
Of course it’s inevitable that your cast is going to get a little wet, no matter how many precautions you take. Simply use a blow dryer, set it to cool, and dry your cast. This won’t work if your cast becomes too saturated though. In this case, call the office and let the team know. It’s possible that you might need to have your cast reset.
If for some reason your cast breaks, parts of it rip, or something is sticking out and causing you pain, call the office. You might need some minor adjustments.
If your cast starts making you itchy, which is quite common, send a little breeze from your blow dryer’s cool setting down your cast. You can injure yourself and rip out stitches if you stick anything down into your cast to scratch, so use your blow dryer instead.
It depends on the severity of your break. Minor breaks and hairline fractures heal in as quickly as a few weeks. If you have a severe break or one that requires surgery, pins, and plates, expect your injury to take up to several months to heal.
Whether your fracture is minor or major, you can expect to lose some muscle strength simply because you have to stabilize the broken bone during the healing process. As a result, when you’re finally out of the cast or brace, you’ll probably need some physical therapy. With PT, figure on adding a few more weeks — or months — onto your recovery period.