Thanks everyone. :-) I came to the conclusion by trying the weight in the other hand comparison that the plaster weighs aound 2 1/2 - 3 lbs. It is my best guess until the cast comes off I reckon. Estimates via search engines have ranged from 1-8 lbs!!!
I'll be treating all my Leslie Sansone walks as if I have weights in each hand, so as not to make my moves too wild. She keeps movement much more controlled when using weights.
I only got the cast yesterday, after ten days in a splint, so the weight is going to take a little getting used to.
You could also estimate the weight by holding a light weight in the other hand and sensing whether or not they feel the same as you do some basic movements. Your goal is to work the arms equally -- so the equality is what is important, not the actual amount of weight.
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I am guessing you can still do weight lifting, and wondering how much more you should lift in the hand not in a cast?
If so, don't bother. At most , it is 1-2 lbs. There is a lot of air in plaster, and that is why they use it. Tough enough to immobilize the affected area, but not a huge weight. Just lift as you normally would. It isn't like you are going to develop one arm more than the other from having an extra lb or 2 attached for a few weeks.
Just be happy they let you lift. It could be 6-8 weeks of no arm exercises.
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I broke my wrist and have a lower arm plaster cast on. Does anyone have any idea of the weight it is? It won't help scale accuracy without the info, and as it is effectively a built-in weight for the left arm, I'd like to match it up with a handweight in my right hand to evenly work them. I've been told I can do the usual moves - I just can't hold a weight in my hand. Regards, Lex xxx
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