Casting, Bracing, and Splinting

Injuries to bones often require immobilization through a cast, brace, or splint. 
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If you or your child has injured your back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, hip, knee, ankle, or foot – or if your child has a genetic disorder that needs realignment, such as scoliosis – your physician may use a cast, a brace, or a splint to hold the bone in place. Some surgeries also require a cast, brace, or splint in order for the injury to heal properly.

Our Approach

Several types of casts, braces, and splints are available, depending on the part of the body that is affected and the injury being treated. A plaster cast is made from gauze and plaster strips soaked in water, which are then wrapped around the injured part to harden in 24 to 48 hours. A synthetic cast is made from fiberglass or plastic strips, making it lighter than a plaster cast.

A splint, which is also called a half cast, is made from slabs of plaster or fiberglass held in place with a bandage wrap. Splints are often used temporarily when swelling is present. They are usually replaced with a more permanent cast after the swelling goes down.

A brace is made of hard plastic and can be removed by you or your child. A brace might be used to correct a genetic disorder, such as scoliosis, or prevent pain from a sports injury, often in the knee or elbow.

You or your child may be given a sling if the cast is on an arm or shoulder. If the injury is in the hip, knee, or foot, you may receive a cane, a walker, or crutches to help you get around.

Call your preferred location to schedule an appointment or submit an online request.