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When Should Cast Discomfort Be A Concern?

What to expect—and what to watch out for—while you are wearing a cast following surgery or an injury.

No one looks forward to the restriction of a cast following an injury or surgical procedure. Casts have a reputation for being clumsy and uncomfortable—but when is discomfort a sign that something may be wrong? There are some things you can do to stay comfortable during this stretch of your recovery—and some warning signs to know that should trigger a phone call to your doctor.

In the first 48 to 72 hours after an injury, an injured joint may swell, causing your limb to feel uncomfortably tight or snug. There are several steps you can take to address and alleviate swelling.

Although swelling is common, too much pressure under your cast can lead to problems. If you experience any of these symptoms, set aside your ice pack and call your doctor for direction.

Broken bones require several weeks to several months to heal completely. Your cast protects the healing process, usually long after the pain of the injury or surgery has subsided. When you know what to expect and what to watch out for as you adjust to your cast, you can monitor your post-surgical recovery confidently, safely, and comfortably.

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