If you’ve ever broken a bone or know someone who has, chances are you’re familiar with casts. Health professionals uses casts to keep bones from moving and to support injured limbs while they heal. Casts may seem like they’re a nuisance, but they’re apart of the healing process to avoid longer healing times.
Avoid the lengthy wait at fracture clinics to get your cast applied by our physiotherapist Dr Amy Leung (Phd MPhty PDPhty APAM and Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Paediatric Physiotherapist).
Using ultra light fiberglass casting material, Dr Amy (Phd MPhty PDPhty APAM) is able to provide services, but not limited to, the following:
- Post fracture or breakage of bone such as leg, arm, ankle, wrist, hand, foot, etc.
- Serial casting to reduce contractures
- Following orthopedic surgery i.e. tissue debridement, tendon suturing or removal, etc.
A referral from an orthopaedic surgeon or GP is not always necessary, a well defined X-Ray is usually enough to suggest the need for a cast.
What is Serial Casting?
Serial casting is used to treat conditions that cause tightness in muscles, resulting in reduced range of movement. It involves your Physiotherapist assessing the movement and function, holding the limb in a position of stretch, casting and then reviewing progress. Casts may be removed and applied weekly or whenever your Physiotherapist clinically recommends. Each cast stretches the muscle and joint a little more than the one before, and over time, an improvement in the range of movement occurs.
This type of treatment is tolerated well by children of all ages and is a pain-free intervention. Conditions that can cause reduced range of movement include:
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spina Bifida
- Brain Injury
- Idiopathic Toe Walking
- Cerebral Palsy
The benefits of Serial Casting are:
- Increased range of movement
- Improved alignment of structures of the joint
- Improved balance
- Reduced pain
- Improved function
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly reception team by calling 3491 6533.