Whether your orthopedic or joint problem resulted from an injury, repetitive trauma, or simply aging, there may be times when it calls for a cast or brace. Most often a cast is used for broken bones, while a brace is used for joint issues such as knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles. Whether you need a cast or a brace, there are some things that you should keep in mind during the healing process.
Wear as Directed
Make sure that you wear your brace as directed by your doctor. If you have a cast, make sure that you follow the care instructions and do not damage it or try to take it off without your doctor. It is important that you use these tools as they are meant to be used so that your bones and joints can heal properly without causing additional damage.
Observe Weight Restrictions
If you have a brace or cast, you likely have an affected limb that is the source of the problem. Whether it is a leg injury that requires you to refrain from putting your weight on it, or a wrist or elbow injury that requires you not to lift a certain weight, you need to make sure that you follow doctor’s orders. A brace can take some pressure off of an injury and make it feel better to the point that you try to do more than you should. This can injure you further and prevent it from healing properly.
Wearing a brace or cast can be a huge inconvenience, but it has been deemed necessary by your doctor. Healing takes time, often several weeks, but the end result could be a stronger and healthier body frame.
If you have an orthopedic injury that may need a brace or cast, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.