Casting and Splinting

What is Casting and Splinting?

Casts are made with a specialized plaster or fiberglass material wrapped around a soft lining. Casts can come in different shapes and sizes. Some cover only the wrist and hand while others can extend through the forearm and around the elbow.

Splints are “half-casts”, they are made of the same material but does not wrap around the injured area like casts do. Splints can be small enough to support a single finger or large enough for the whole wrist through the elbow.

Both casts and splints are custom made for the patient during their visit.

Braces, however, are pre-made and adjusted using velcro straps and can be removed if needed.

Casts, splints, and braces are used to help protect and immobilize an injured area while healing occurs.

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Why Would I Need a Cast or Splint?

Cast and splints are one of the best ways to help an injury heal by keeping it protected. They can also provide support and keep the hand or wrist from moving. They’re often used for minor injuries or fractures which don’t require surgery. However, you may have to wear a splint after surgery to help the recovery process.

What Can I Expect From Casting and Splinting?

Your orthopedic hand specialist will discuss your best treatment options for casts and splints. Casts can be applied right at our office – our team can also help you obtain the right splint for your treatment needs. Our team can also follow up on your treatment and ensure your cast or splint is working properly. You’ll get detailed instructions on caring for your cast or splint so you can get the most out of your treatment. Finally, we can remove your cast at our office once your recovery is complete.

Casting and Splinting Aftercare

Caring for your cast or splint is important to letting your injury heal like it needs to. Make sure to avoid getting your cast or splint wet while bathing – cover it with a plastic bag and rubber band it to keep water from getting in. Additionally, keep it raised above your head while in the shower to lessen the chances of contacting moisture.

It’s important to keep your cast or splint clean and free of foreign materials like dirt or sand (if it gets under the cast, it can irritate the skin). Additionally, never stick things under the cast or splint to itch yourself. Finally, if you experience irritation from rough edges or an ill-fitting application, make sure to let your orthopedic hand specialist know.

Schedule a Consultation at the Regional Hand Center

Casts and splints are an important part of your recovery, and our team is here to help. To learn more about our treatment options, contact our Fresno, CA office by calling or filling out our online form.

Patient Resources

Whether you are planning a procedure or you are interested in options for treatment, the professional and caring Regional Hand Center team makes it easy to find the answers you need. For an appointment or answers to your questions, call (559) 322-HAND.

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Randi A. Galli, MD

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Dr. Randi Galli is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society that comprises the top ten percent of medical students, Dr. Galli received his Medical Degree from Tulane University School…

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