What is casting and splinting? Casting and splinting are the common non-surgical treatment options for bone and soft tissue injuries (muscles, tendons, ligaments). What does casting or splinting do? When you break a bone, your doctor first aligns the fractured pieces together in the appropriate position, and then your therapist applies a cast or a splint in order to hold the bones in place while your fracture heals. Casting and splinting helps to stabilise fractures and reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.
- Casting is the most effective way to immobilise skeletal fractures. Skeletal fractures normally require around six weeks of immobilisation.
- Splinting is a highly effective way of immobilising tissues or joints (hand, wrist, foot or ankle) when some movement or flexibility is required for optimum healing.