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How do you treat a broken arm?

In most instances, your doctor will immobilize your arm using a splint, fiberglass or plaster cast to prevent movement. Immobilizing your arm enables your bone to heal in the proper position. You will likely also need to use a sling to keep pressure off of your shoulder and help keep your arm from swinging around. If your arm was extremely swollen, doctors may remove the initial cast and reapply a new one after the swelling has gone down to ensure the cast fits correctly. 

Severe breaks may require surgery to reset the broken bone back into place and have longer recovery times.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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