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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
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