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How Long?

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  • Posted By: graham
  • October 2, 2006
  • 11:03 PM

My son has a mild form of OI and has broken his bones on a number of occasions. This time his doctor has decided to leave the cast on his leg for 8 weeks. Some people have told me that this is not wise. Has anyone any comments to make on this decision? Unfortunately we live on an island, and the doctors are not exposed to many cases of OI, so sometimes I question the wisdom of their decisions.

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  • I agree its not wise. to leave it on longer the needed. Why? because in the end the bone will be weaker from lack of use and muscle atrophy.But if hes that young he may not understand if they remove it earlier that he has to be more careful till fracture is fully healed or he could cause fracture to get worse.me, they stopped casting me as a child (havent really had displaced fractures since if I had one now cast wouldnt be a choice since its a sever fracture). since most of my fractures are hairline and by the age of 5 I was old enought to understand... at 5 they still put my broken arms in slings to make sure I dont move it too much but at 6-7 they stopped all that. was told that it is better that I use my broken arm IF I CAN the most I can without too much pain to reduce bone and muscle lost that in the end would cause my arm to be even more fragile.but its really hard to tell if your son is very young then maybe it is wise to leave cast on that long since he wont understand to be careful till fully healed. I had casts for 3 months as a child before spica cast. was a bad move on their part. Fracture had healed by then before the 3 months but right when they took the cast off I snapped again a day later due to the lost of muscle and bone density from immobility. I suck at math 8 weeks would be about 2 1/2 months I think. I persoanlly believe its a lil long. but I dont know what kind of fracture he had either.
    PixieMischief 16 Replies
    • October 4, 2007
    • 01:02 PM
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