Practical advice for everyday living and working

Splint & Cast Care

Wearing a cast or a splint is a new experience for most people. There are some important things to consider when wearing a cast or splint:

  • Check with your therapist when your splint is to be worn
  • Your splint or cast should be comfortable and not ‘digging’ into your skin
  • Move your fingers, elbow and shoulder regularly
  • Keep your splint/cast clean
  • Regularly check your blood is circulating through the affected areas by checking the colour of your fingers
  • Don’t lift heavy objects (greater then 2kgs) or put yourself in a position where you could re-injure yourself
  • If you experience pain, moderate discomfort or swelling, then raise your hand above your heart for ten minutes. If the swelling and pain reduces, then it is ok. If the pain or swelling persists, then call your doctor or go to the hospital.
  • Please don’t insert objects inside the cast, pad the cast or splint, use oils/lotions on the cast or splint, or try to trim down the cast /splint or fix the splint yourself
  • The splint can melt if left in a hot place, like the dashboard of your car
  • If you have a waterproof cast, it is important that you let water run through the cast once a day
  • If you don’t have the waterproof liner then it is important not to get your cast wet at all

For additional information about your splint or cast please refer to the splint and cast care advice.

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Pain Management

Acute pain is when the body is working to heal structural tissue damage. Everything is done to ensure structural and mechanical integrity if maximised of the injured tissues.

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Wound Management

Most wounds recover in the repair phase of healing, which is approximately three weeks. Our therapists (physiotherapists) look after your wounds by providing dressings that are applied with a sterile technique to avoid infection.

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Mobilisation of Joints

Joint mobilisation involves moving the joint back and forth in small oscillating movements further and further into range to restore the joints normal movement.

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Customisation of Splints/Orthosis

The body naturally goes through a process to heal injuries, however if not supported to enable rest the injury can continue to happening and it takes a much longer time to heal.

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Exercise Prescription

Exercise is the body’s natural way of restoration to improve stability, mechanics, strength and movement to an injury. Whether the injury is from overuse, trauma, disease or surgery exercises are necessary to restore function.

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Stretches

Stretching is extremely beneficial for our joints, muscles and tendons. Not only do they help prepare your body work/exercises they ensure you are working at your optimum energy efficiency.

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Therapeutic Massage

Massage helps to remove these chemicals by improving the blood supply to the injured area so healthy nutrients are supplied to the area so healing is faster. 

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