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.
Jennifer L Brown, MD, FACEP
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD