Plaster casts are used to immobilize part of the body while it heals. They are typically left on for several weeks. When it’s time to go back to the orthopaedic doctor’s office, you’ll first have an examination. The doctor may take an X-ray to ensure that the area has healed properly. Then, the orthopaedic doctor can use a special cast saw to remove the plaster cast.
The cast saw is completely safe—it cannot harm you at all. It has a dull blade that breaks apart the cast with vibrations, rather than cutting actions. Once the cast is removed, the doctor will do another physical exam to check for lingering symptoms, and to assess your range of motion. Some patients may be given a removable splint to wear for several more weeks. Don’t be alarmed if your muscles seem smaller or weaker. This happens because you haven’t been using them for a while. Your doctor can refer you to a physical therapist, who can help you complete your recovery.
MK Orthopaedics has highly trained and certified experts in casting and immobilization . Call (815) 741-6900 to request an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor near Joliet.