Many sports injuries require a cast as part of the treatment plan. Once the cast is in place, it’s common for people to wonder how their orthopedist will remove it without harming the skin underneath. Fortunately, removing a cast is a fast and painless procedure. Here is what you can expect.
The first step in removing a cast involves using a cast saw. The saw will cut through the cast but is designed to protect the skin underneath. Typically, your orthopedist will make a series of cuts to open the cast and then use another tool to lift it off your skin. After the cast is removed, the layers of padding are cut off using scissors. It is normal for the skin to look pale and the area to feel stiff, but the area should return to normal with time. Physical therapy may be needed to rebuild strength at the site of the initial injury.
Whether you need care for sports injuries, osteoarthritis, or DeQuervain’s syndrome, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has the treatments you need. Schedule a consultation with our orthopedist in Queens by calling (347) 537-2404.