Splints and Casts 2

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

If youve ever broken a bone or know someone who has, you are probably familiar with casts and splints. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some dos and donts about casts and splints in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Casts and splints may seem like a nuisance, but theyre a key part of the healing process. To keep them working as they should, they need proper care.

Some people have mild pain and swelling if they dont rest the injured area enough. To avoid this, it is important to remember the following:

Keep the injured area above the level of your heart.

Wiggle your fingers or toes while resting.

Be sure to keep your cast or splint dry, especially during baths and showers. Casts and splints made from plaster can break if they get wet. And if moisture gets trapped in the cast or splint, it can irritate your skin or cause an infection.

Your doctor will use a special cast saw with a blade that vibrates but does not spin. It cuts through the outer layer, but not the lining.

Never remove a cast yourself. Using any type of home saw or cutting materials could cause serious injury to your skin, blood vessels and injured limb.

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