Splints and casts are basically hard, solid wraps used for supporting and protecting injured tendons, ligaments, bones, as well as other tissues. Essentially, they aid in healing broken bones by keeping the bones’ fractured ends straight and together as possible while healing. They likewise help with swelling and pain and prevent further damage to the injured area.
Here at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT, our pediatricians also offer to splint and casting services, aside from our various child healthcare services.
What’s The Difference Between a Splint and a Cast?
Casts are used for wrapping around the entire injury and are always customized for the patient. They can be fabricated from plaster or fiberglass. Splints, on the other hand, are half casts, which means that the hard portion doesn’t wrap around the entire injured area. Elastic bandages usually hold them in place.
They are also made from plaster or fiberglass. Likewise, splints can be easily adjusted or removed, unlike casts, which require the help of your pediatrician in West Jordan, UT, to be adjusted or removed.
How Long Should My Child Wear a Splint or Cast?
A splint typically needs to stay on for a couple of days or weeks. In the event of significant swelling, it can be used first before a cast to help alleviate the swelling. A cast that’s maintained properly can be used for a couple of weeks and it will be up to your doctor how long your child will need to wear it.
Casts and splints usually require some adjustments in the first couple of days following an injury because of unpredictable swelling. Once the swelling eases, the cast might feel too loose. But if it increases, the cast or splint might become overly tight.
When Should I Contact My Pediatrician?
Contact your pediatrician immediately if your child is experiencing:
- Numbness, or a stinging, burning, or tingling feeling near or on the injured area
- Increased pain
- A foul odor, blood, drainage, or pus coming from the splint or cast
- Circulation issues, if your child’s skin, toes, fingers, or nails become bluish, grayish, pale, or otherwise discolored, and cold to touch
- A damaged, broken, or wet splint or cast
Depending on the specific issue, your pediatrician may have to change, remove, or adjust your cast or splint.
Need Casting or Splinting Services? We Can Help
Call (801) 563-1975 to arrange a consultation with your pediatrician in West Jordan, UT, here at Southwest Children's Clinic.