Fracture Care

We provide care and management of non-surgical fractures. Referrals to specialized orthopedic surgeons will be given for students in need of surgical repair and management.  We offer both casting and splinting options depending on the fracture site and type.  

Fracture Care FAQs

Can I be seen at NUHS Sport Medicine if I think I have a fracture?

Yes, we offer a full-service fracture care. Students needing to be referred to a specialist will be given assistance in choosing and scheduling with an outside physician.

How do I care for my cast?

  • Swelling may occur the first few days after having your cast applied. Reduce swelling by elevating the injured limb above the level of your heart for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Do not get your cast wet.
  • If the cast becomes wet, dry it with a hair dryer on the cool setting. Do not use the warm or hot setting because this can burn the skin
  • Showering with your cast : cover the cast with a trash bag and tape the opening of the bag shut or hang your cast outside the tub or shower
  • Keep your cast clean. Avoid getting dirt inside your cast
  • Do not apply powder or lotion on or near your cast
  • Do not place anything inside your cast. Sticking items inside your cast can injure the skin and lead to infection. If itching occurs, use a hair dryer on the cool setting to help soothe itching
  • Do not remove your cast. This includes making modifications or pulling out padding. If you need your cast changed, contact NUHS and make an appointment

How do I know if I need to seek help regarding my cast?

  • If you have sore areas, foul odor from your cast cracks or breaks in your cast, and/or your cast feels too tight or too loose
  • You develop swelling that causes pain or makes it so you cannot move your fingers or toes
  • You develop tingling or numbness in your arm, fingers, or toes
  • Your fingers or toes are blue or cold
  • You develop severe pain in or near the casted arm or leg
  • The cast becomes soaking wet and does not dry with a hair dryer