Broken bones need to be taken care of quickly in order to help relieve the pain and to enable proper healing to take place. Once the bones are put back in place, broken bones casts can be made to keep them in place and to ensure that they are protected from further injury.
Get Careful Diagnostic Testing
When bones are broken, it is first necessary to be able to detect the break, or fracture. The Quality First Urgent Care center has the high tech tools necessary to locate cracks or broken bones. In our facility, we have x-ray machines, CT scanners, and even an MRI.
Casts Are Made on Site
After the breaks are located, then the bones are reset so that they can heal properly. A cast is then made out of either plaster or fiberglass to ensure the bones stay in place until healing has taken place and they are sufficiently strong enough to use. The cast may be small, or rather large, depending on what is required to stabilize the broken bones.
Casts are especially important for children, who typically are very energetic and apt to place pressure on the limb before it is healed, possibly causing further damage. The Quality First Urgent Care clinic makes casts for adults and for children.
Types of Casts
Many bones in the human body can be broken. This occurs when too much pressure is put on the bone, and there is often muscle or ligament damage that occurs at the same time. In adults, broken arms are the most common types of breaks. For people who are active in sports, broken bones in the ankles are rather common, particularly in soccer and basketball.
Replacing Broken Bones Casts
There are some occasions where a cast needs to be removed and then replaced with a new one. Swelling of the limb can cause problems with a cast, and it is also possible for sores to develop under a cast. When this occurs, it is necessary to remove the cast, provide cleaning and possible treatment, and then a new cast will need to be made.
When it comes time to take a cast off, doctors have special tools that are used to cut and remove casts and the protective layers underneath. There are special saws made for this purpose and they let the doctor remove it in pieces without harm to you. It is not a good idea to try and remove it yourself because this may result in injury.
When a doctor determines that your broken bones require a cast, special instructions will also be given. These will include what you can or cannot do with the limb in order to ensure proper healing. If it is a broken leg, for instance, you may or may not be allowed to walk on it until the cast is removed. Doing so may rebreak the bones and cause further injury.
The Quality First Urgent Care center in south Brooklyn is ready to diagnose your injury and provide you with the required broken bones casts. Our doctors know how to make all kinds, depending on your needs. The center is open from 11:00am to 11:00pm, 365 days a year.
6010 Bay Parkway, 9th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11204