If you break a bone, there’s a good chance you’ll need to have the broken bone put into a cast. The cast is made to protect the broken bone and keep it in alignment while it heals. Sometimes you will need surgery for very bad breaks. The surgeon may put in screws and plates to keep the bone together. You will usually be in a cast from six to twelve weeks to allow the bone to set.
When you come out of the cast the affected area will be weak and stiff.