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Health Information For Teens
So you’re getting your cast taken off — and you probably can’t wait to get back to your normal life. Here’s what you can expect in the coming days and weeks as your cast is taken off and your body finishes the healing process.
The right time to take the cast off depends on what part of the body was casted and what the injury was. Your doctor can usually give you a good idea of when the cast should come off. Before taking off the cast, the doctor will check the area and may want to get an X-ray.
The cast is taken off with a small electrical saw. The saw cuts through the cast material but stops before it touches the skin.
When the cast is off, you may notice:
All of this is normal and goes away within a few weeks.
To help things go back to normal:
Every injury is different. So make sure you talk to your doctor about when you can:
Most teens don’t have any problems after they get a cast off. But call your doctor if:
This article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal. New bone forms within a few weeks of the injury, although full healing can take longer.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
It’s not always easy to tell if you have a stress fracture, and stress fractures can get worse quickly. This article explains how to prevent and treat them.
Bones are tough stuff – but even tough stuff can break. Find out what happens when a bone fractures.
A broken bone requires emergency medical care. Here’s what to do.
Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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