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Why Do Doctors Use Plaster Casts?

by:Kangdi     2020-06-13
The use of casts for broken bones is very important. It is often used for surgeries to prevent the affected area from unnecessary movements. A lot of doctors use casts to position your bones correctly as well as to support them. It is very important that you do not move the fractured area because it can lead to the worsening of the condition and the slowdown of the healing process. Casting bones is also essential for supporting the tissues and muscles. There are different types of casts available in medical institutions today. The type depends on the material and the part of the body where it will be placed. The two most common types of casts are fiberglass and plaster. Fiberglass casts are made of glass fibers. These casts are worn if the broken bone has already started healing. This type of cast is used not only for bone fractures but also for dislocated bones. Because they are lighter, they are best worn on the leg and arm areas. They are available in different colors therefore it will be easier for you to choose which one you like. Plaster casts, on the other hand, are made of plaster of Paris. They are made up of water and power gypsum. This is one of the most common casts because they can be easily shaped. Their malleability allows doctors to reposition dislocated bones better and faster. The plaster is molded to fit the affected area more accurately than others. However, plaster casts can be heavy. They are also more difficult to maintain because liquids should never be spilled on them. Any type of liquid can dissolve the cast and distort its shape. If you are wearing a plaster cast, you need to make sure that it is clean all the time. Plaster casts are also bulky so they are more difficult to wear. Casts are made up of two layers. The first layer is the innermost layer. This layer rests on the skin and it is usually made up of solid cotton. The second layer, the outer layer, is the harder and more stable part. It is usually made of fiberglass or plaster. The outer layer supports the cast and prevents it from moving unnecessarily. Even though a lot of doctors use casts for faster recovery, it is still very important that you take a good rest. You should also avoid using the affected area until it is fully recovered. It is advisable that you eat healthy meals that are rich in iron to help the broken bones recuperate faster. Of course, you will also need to consult your doctor regularly.
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