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Procedure - Casting

When you break a bone or sprain an appendage, it is crucial to seek out a cast or bandaging at Ogden Clinic as soon as possible. Proper casting and bandage treatments can immobilize an injury quickly and efficiently, greatly decreasing recovery time and likelihood of re-injury. Your doctor will likely use an X-ray machine to confirm where the location of the break is and choose a type of cast accordingly. Having the right cast can ensure that a broken bone heals properly and without risk of further injury.

Types of Casts

Plaster: A plaster cast is the most affordable and traditional method of casting and can be used for nearly every kind of broken bone. Because they are prone to mold, plaster casts need to be kept dry, so it is important to cover the cast with plastic and seal it with duct tape when bathing. If possible, keep the limb covered in the plaster cast out of the shower or bath completely.

Fiberglass: The other material option for casting broken bones is fiberglass. Fiberglass is a kind of plastic that can be molded like plaster. Fiberglass casts are generally more expensive, but they are more lightweight and more durable than plaster casts. They can also come in a variety of colors. Many fiberglass casts come with a water-repellant liner, so they can get wet. Make sure to speak with your doctor before bathing with your fiberglass cast on. To be safe, you can always cover it in plastic wrap and secure it with duct tape.

Cast Maintenance

Aside from protecting the cast during bathing, it is important to take a few other steps to reduce swelling and itchiness. Whenever possible, elevate the casted limb above your heart. This will keep swelling to a minimum. You should also use ice to help with the swelling and to minimize discomfort. Remember, if your skin feels itchy under your cast never stick anything, like a coat hanger for example, down there to scratch it. This can break the skin and result in an infection. Instead, use a hair dryer on the cool setting and point it down into the cast.

Contact one of our orthopedic doctors at Ogden Clinic if you have a broken bone and need a cast. We will pinpoint the location of your break, and find the perfect cast to help you recover quickly and safely.

Brent  Baranko, MD, Orthopedics,  Professional Center South

Baranko, Brent, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Stephen  Bruce, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Bruce, Stephen, MD
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771
Daniel  Chappell, DO, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  McKay-Dee Hospital – Laborist Program, Farmington, LDS Hospital - Labor and Delivery Services, Lakeview Hospital - Labor and Delivery Services

Chappell, Daniel, DO
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-397-6080
Samantha  Clarkson, FNP-C, Family Medicine,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Clarkson, Samantha, FNP-C
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771
Michael J Hall, MD, Orthopedics,  Professional Center South

Hall, Michael, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Shelby  Holmes, FNP-C, Family Medicine,  Canyon View

Holmes, Shelby, FNP-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Casey  Johnston, PA-C, Orthopedics, Hand & Upper Extremity,  Professional Center South

Johnston, Casey, PA-C
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Dennin  Loomis, FNP-C, Orthopedics,  Professional Center South

Loomis, Dennin, FNP-C
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Brett  Martindale, MD, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine,  Professional Center South, South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic, Kaysville

Martindale, Brett, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Blake  McMillan, PA-C, Orthopedics,  Professional Center South

McMillan, Blake, PA-C
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Lisa  Miconi-Correa, FNP-BC, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  South Ogden Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Miconi-Correa, Lisa, FNP-BC
5740 Crestwood Dr
Ogden, UT
801-479-7771
Jaren  Mills, PA-C, Orthopedics,  Professional Center South

Mills, Jaren, PA-C
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Shelby  Pitts, FNP-C, Family Medicine,  Skyline

Pitts, Shelby, FNP-C
6112 South 1550 East
South Ogden, UT
801-475-3800
Brett  Richards, MD, Orthopedics, Hand & Upper Extremity,  Professional Center South

Richards, Brett, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Rebecca  Sandberg, FNP-C, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Cope Family Medicine - Ogden Clinic

Sandberg, Rebecca, FNP-C
185 S 400 E
Bountiful, UT
801-298-4112
Jeff  Sorensen, MD, Orthopedics,  Professional Center South

Sorensen, Jeff, MD
4700 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-475-3300
Kimberly  Taggart, FNP-C, Family Medicine,  Grand View

Taggart, Kimberly, FNP-C
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Darin  Winn, MD, Family Medicine, Urgent Care,  Professional Center North

Winn, Darin, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3000
Kurtis (K.C.)  Woolf, MD, Family Medicine,  Grand View, Davis Family Physicians - Ogden Clinic

Woolf, Kurtis (K.C.), MD
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900