When you break your arm, you’d be forgiven for expecting it to be put in a cast. While this is usually what happens, it doesn’t always apply in every case. Sometimes, a broken arm with no cast will occur because there could be a better way to treat the break. You may break your arm and be given a splint instead of a cast. This may be a temporary measure while any swelling around the site of the break goes down. If a cast was fitted at this early stage, it may need to be fitted again later, because the swelling going down would mean it would end up being too loose.
In other cases, especially those where surgery is needed to put the bones back together, an external frame may be the right solution. In this case, it will look as though you have a cage on your arm. It is more usual to have the traditional cast, though.
How should you look after a broken arm with no cast?
Always follow the advice of whoever treats your arm and provides you with a splint or other form of support. This will enable you to take care of your arm and help it heal as quickly as possible. Avoid lifting anything heavy and don’t strain it while the bones heal. You likely won’t want to do anything like this anyway, but do adhere to any advice you are given.
You need to be careful you don’t jar your arm if you don’t have a cast. A splint and a sling will still provide support, so your arm won’t be able to move too much or be knocked by anyone else.
Do you know if you could claim anything for your injury?
It doesn’t matter whether you have a broken arm with no cast or not – a broken bone can happen in many ways, and if someone else was responsible for it you could be on the way to making a claim for compensation. Perhaps it happened in a car accident, in a cycling accident or even at work or while you were out shopping. Whatever happened, you just need to call Accident Advice Helpline now for advice.
You can do this on 0800 689 0500 (or ring 0333 500 0993 from any mobile). We’ll provide no-obligation advice when you need it most.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen