Casts for Fractures

What type of casts do you do?

If you or a loved one have been unlucky enough to have sustained a fracture, we can provide you with a fibreglass or plaster cast.  The type of cast will depend on the type of fracture you have sustained and how recent it was.  A new fracture will usually require a plaster-of-paris backslab (or half cast) for the first 5-7 days to allow for any swelling which may occur as a result of the injury.

After this period we can often replace the backslab with a fibreglass cast.  There are many benefits to using fibreglass casts.  Firstly, they are lighter and stronger than those made of plaster-of-paris.  Secondly, we can apply a waterproof padding underneath the fibreglass.  This allows the wearer to shower and even swim.

How are casts removed?

Your physiotherapist can simply remove a backslab by cutting it off with a special pair of plaster scissors which have a blunt end.  Fibreglass casts require the use of a plaster saw to remove them.  This is a small circular saw with a blade which vibrates rather than rotates.  It is therefore very difficult to be cut by one of these saws however they are quite noisy.  Here at Focus Physiotherapy we will provide you with hearing protection whilst the saw is in use.  Removal is fairly quick and easy and commonly occurs 3-6 weeks post fracture depending on the type or fracture and the age of the patient.

How long does it take?

We require a standard 30 minute session to apply or remove a cast.  During this time we will also provide you with specific written and verbal care instructions.

How much does a cast cost?

Plaster-of paris backslabs are very cheap, typically costing $10-20 for materials.  Fibreglass casts with waterproof dressings typically cost $30-$40 for materials.

What type of fractures do you treat?

We commonly manage simple wrist and elbow fractures, greenstick fractures in children and simple minimally displaced ankle and foot fractures.  If you are in doubt as to whether you should see a GP or another specialist then please call us to discuss your needs.  One of our friendly physiotherapists will be able to advise you.

If you suspect you have sustained a fracture then we are able to assess you and provide you with an x-ray or MRI referral.

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