Your child may need a cast or splint as part of their treatment to immobilize bones and joints for optimal healing.
Casts are typically made of plaster or fiberglass. The type of cast you get will depend on the fracture that you have.
Like casts, splints—also known as half-casts—are made of either plaster or fiberglass. Ready-made or custom-fabricated splints can be modified to maximize comfort and provide the best fit. Splinting is often paired with gentle physiotherapy exercises.
Your child’s injured area may swell after casting and splinting. This swelling and feelings of pressure can be reduced by raising their injured extremity above their heart and applying ice packs.
It’s common for your child to feel some pressure under their cast or splint; however, if your child feels increased pain, burning, tingling, tightness, numbness, or swelling, please immediately contact your care team.