What are casts and splints?

Also known as: orthopedic casts and splints, casting, splinting, half-casts.

Cast and splints are orthopedic medical devices that are used to hold broken bones in position while they heal themselves.

  • Casts are more rigid devices made from fiberglass or similar materials that provide more support and are not intended to be removed once in place.
  • Splints are typically a readily available item off the shelf that are tightened or loosened using Velcro straps. They are less supportive than a typical cast.

Reviewed by: Avi Baitner, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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