Splints and Casts 1

Monday, June 05, 2017

Your doctor has applied a cast or a splint to help heal a broken bone or other injury. Now what? Dr. Edward Hill discusses casts and splints in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Casts and splints are hard wraps used to support and protect injured bones, ligaments, tendons and other tissues. They help broken bones heal by keeping the broken ends together and as straight as possible. Casts and splints also help relieve pain and swelling, and protect the injured area from more harm.

All casts are custom-made with fiberglass or plaster. A cast wraps all the way around an injury and can only be removed in the doctors office.

A splint is like a half cast. The hard part of a splint does not wrap all the way around the injured area like it does with a cast.

A splint usually stays on for several days to a few weeks. If your injured area is very swollen, you may need a splint until the swelling goes down. Casts that are kept in good condition can stay on for several weeks. Your doctor will tell you how long your cast will need to stay on.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.