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Cast Care

Cast Care Introduction

  • The function of a cast is to rigidly protect an injured bone or joint. It serves to hold the broken bone in proper alignment to prevent it from moving while it heals.
  • Casts may also be used to help rest a bone or joint to relieve pain that is caused by moving it (such as when a severe sprain occurs, but no broken bones).
  • Different types of casts and splints are available, depending on the reason for the immobilization and/or the type of fracture.
  • Casts are usually made of either plaster or fiberglass material.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/10/2012
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