Post Operative Instructions

Cast Care Instructions

How do you take care of your splint or cast?

After you have adjusted to your splint or cast for a few days, it is important to keep it in good condition. This will help your recovery.

Keep your splint or cast dry. Cover your cast with a plastic bag (such as the one that comes with a newspaper or you may purchase a cover at Walmart or pharmacy.)

Keep dirt, sand, and powder away from the inside of your splint or cast.

Do not pull out the padding from your splint or cast.

Do not stick objects such as coat hangers inside the splint or cast to scratch. Do not apply powders or deodorants to itching skin. If itching persists, contact your physician.

Do not break off rough edges of the cast or trim the cast before asking your physician.

Inspect the skin around the cast. If your skin becomes red or raw around the cast, contact your physician.

Inspect the cast regularly. If it becomes cracked or develops spots, contact your physician's office.

What are some warning sign following splint or cast application?

After application of a splint or cast, it is very important to elevate your injured arm for 24 to 72 hours. The injured area should be elevated well above the heart. Rest and elevation greatly reduce pain and speed the healing process by minimizing early swelling.

  • Increased pain, which may be caused by swelling and the feeling that the splint or cast is too tight.
  • Numbness and tingling in your hand
  • Excessive swelling below the cast, which may mean the cast is slowing your blood circulation
  • Loss of active movement of fingers, which required an urgent evaluation by your physician