1 Introduction topenlarge
If the fracture is anatomical, or minimally displaced, It can be treated with a simple splint but a short arm cast tends to be more comfortable.
2 Short arm cast topenlarge
The purpose of the cast is to provide symptomatic relief during the period of fracture healing.
A short arm cast is sufficient for these fractures and is applied according to standard procedure:
Note: In young, small, or noncompliant patients, it is safer to apply a long arm cast.
Splitting of cast
If a complete cast is applied in the acute phase after injury, it is safer to split the cast down to skin over its full length.