Cast Care (cont.)
Ice and Elevation
A doctor may want the person to use ice to help decrease the swelling of the injured body part. (Check with a physician before using ice.)
To keep the cast from becoming wet, put ice inside a sealed plastic bag and place a towel between the cast and the bag of ice.
Apply ice to the injury for 15 minutes each hour for the first 24 to 48 hours.
Try to keep the cast and injured body part elevated above the level of the heart, especially for the first 48 hours after the injury occurs.
Elevation will help to decrease the swelling and pain at the site of the injury.
Propping the cast up on several pillows may be necessary to help elevate the injured area, especially while asleep.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/4/2014
Jennifer L Brown, MD, FACEP
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD