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5/4/14 1:34 P

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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.

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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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When I had a cast on the lower arm, I weighed it by placing the arm on my food scale. It was quite light, less than a pound, if I remember correctly.

You can try asking your surgeon if you had or are having surgery. Mine had no idea and said no one had ever asked him that.

You can also google.

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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 did try that, actually, but it seems I am incapable of leaning my arms evenly. LOL

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I'd guess it depends on the materials and exactly how long it is, but is it possible to find a scale that you could rest each arm upon? Then subtract the diff?

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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.
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