CASTING, SPLINTING AND BRACING
Casting, splinting and bracing are common non-surgical treatment options for injuries related to the bones and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments). Casting, splinting and bracing works to stabilise fractures, immobilise injured joints, reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.
Casting is the most effective way to immobilise skeletal fractures. Skeletal fractures normally require approximately 6 weeks of immobilisation. Casts are made of hard setting materials such as plaster or fiberglass material to provide the ideal clinical outcome. Fiberglass is more expensive but lighter in weight, longer lasting, and breathes easier than plaster, making it the preferred choice for all casting at Redfern Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.
Splinting is a highly effective way of immobilising tissues or joints (hand, wrist, foot or ankle) when some movement or flexibility is required for optimum healing. Like casts, splints can be made of plaster or fiberglass and can be adjusted to accommodate swelling associated with various soft tissue and joint injuries. Splints can be custom-made by our specialised team of physiotherapists.
Depending on the extent and severity of your injury, our physiotherapists will fit your cast or splint to provide you with maximal comfort whilst taking into account your daily functional requirements.
Bracing are premade orthoses that will be measured and fitted to the injured limb by our experienced physiotherapists. Our range of braces include Aircast Ankle boots, hinged knee braces, back supports, wrist braces, arm slings, crutches, and many more.
Post Casting/Splinting Care
Your injured area may be swollen during the initial 48-72 hours after casting/splinting and may place some pressure on the injured area. The swelling can be reduced by elevating the injured extremity above the heart level and by applying ice packs.
It is quite normal to feel a bit of pressure under your splint or cast. If you experience increased or severe pain, tightness, numbness, tingling, burning, or swelling you should contact Redfern Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine immediately.