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Your arm has been given a plaster cast to prevent it from moving while your fracture (broken bone) heals.
A plaster cast of fibre glass takes 1 hour to dry. A plaster cast of lime plaster takes 24 hours to dry. With this in mind, you need to exhibit particular care during the first 24 hours and avoid physical impact.
You must also take care not to get the plaster wet. To prevent it from getting wet, pull a plastic bag over the plaster when you take a bath or a shower and close the end of the bag with sticky tape to prevent water from entering.
You might also experience itching under the plaster. If you do, you can scratch yourself with a cotton swab or something similar but not with a sharp object. Do not use a pointed object such as a knitting needle.
In cases where K-threads are inserted, do not use a cotton swab, as you may push on it or infection may occur around the K-thread.
Do as follows to prevent your fingers or wrist from swelling and your joints from becoming stiff:
You should keep your hand elevated for as long as possible, which means above your heart. When sitting or lying down you should keep your arm elevated by placing it on pillows or resting your elbow on an armrest. This will help prevent your fingers or wrist from swelling and reduce any swelling that you might experience. Do this for as long as your hand tends to swell.
Clench your fist by tightening your muscles and then stretch your fingers again (see image).
Do this exercise slowly for about 5 minutes once per hour all through the day until your hand no longer tends to swell.
If your hand is very swollen, you might benefit from doing the exercise with your arm stretched, unless the plaster cast prevents this.
With the arm in a cast, the joints easily stiffen. In order to prevent this, it is critical that you move your elbow and also your shoulder as you would normally do.
Experiencing pains is normal when you have a broken (fractured) arm. The pain will gradually decline although this might take months. To relieve the pains, you can take over-the-counter painkillers.
Contact us if you experience following:
It is quite normal for the fingers to become slightly discoloured to begin with.
If the elastic bandage used to secure the cast becomes either too loose or too tight, you should contact the emergency ward (Skadeklinikken) or the Outpatient Clinic for Hand Surgery (Håndkirurgisk Ambulatorium) at Aalborg Universitetshospital, Farsø, and ask them to adjust the cast.
How long you need to wear the cast depends on the fracture of your arm. We will contact you when the time has come to have the cast removed and to check your arm. You will be notified either by E-Boks or a letter in the post.
When an arm has been protected by a cast for an extended period of time, it might look slightly different from its healthy counterpart.
Please contact bed ward O4, if you experience any issues with your arm within the first 24 hours. After this period, you will need to contact the Outpatient Clinic for Hand Surgery (Håndkirurgisk Ambulatorium).
You can find more information in Danish about how broken bones (fractures) are treated with plaster casts if you look up “gipsbehandling” in the Patient's Handbook atwww.patienthaandbogen.dk.
For exercises, see the next page.