We are talking the full-cast break, which normally has to be worn 8-16 weeks, sometimes longer, depending on the location and severity of the break. If you have multiple injuries, you might be in a hospital, in which case you don’t need to do anything, except endure the ordeal, yet if you are recovering at home, you are somewhat restricted and with that in mind, here are a few tips to help you make it through the recovery period.
- Stairlift rental – Thankfully, there is stairlift rental in Coventry from an established mobility aids supplier; while it is possible to ascend the stairs, it is not advised and renting a stairlift means you can use the second storey.
- Crutches – You should have two sets, one for indoors and one for going out and they should be adjusted to the correct height to support your weight.
- Coat hanger – How to scratch that itch? Form a long piece of wire (a coat hanger is perfect) that you can poke into the cast and direct the hooked end to the target area. Some say this is tortuous and without the home-made wire device, insanity awaits!
- Raise the leg when sitting – It is advisable to raise the cast slightly when sitting, which reduces the blood flow; a couple of pillows on a chair would do it.
The days turn to weeks and finally, there comes the day when the plaster cast is removed and you are staring at a beanpole where your leg used to be! Don’t panic, this is normal and due to muscle inactivity, a few weeks of physio and the muscles will return.