Splinting and Casting

Splinting and casting can provide a long gentle stretch to the muscle or joint. This can lead to increased movement at the joint. Splints can also provide appropriate positioning which helps with function and ensures stability during activity.

Access to Service

Ask your TVCC service provider to make a referral (if you have one) or request this service by contacting our intake / referral team.

What to Expect

Types of Splints and Casts

Generally, splints are thought of as lower extremity or upper extremity.

Lower Extremity Splint / Casts

Lower extremity splints may be a treatment option for you or your child.  These may be recommended by a Physiotherapist or Orthopaedic surgeon. You and your therapist will discuss the pros and cons of this treatment so you can make the best decision for you/your child.

A bit about lower extremity splints

  • A non-removable plaster and fiberglass cast is applied to provide a long gentle stretch to the muscle or joint, which will increase movement at the joint
  • Up to 4 casts may be necessary in order to achieve the desired joint range
  • This may be done in combination with Botox treatment
  • Each cast is kept on for 14 days
  • A commitment of 3-6 weeks is required

 

Upper Extremity Splints / Casts

Upper extremity splints may also be a treatment option for you or your child. Typically, an upper extremity splint may be recommended by an Occupational therapist or an Orthopaedic surgeon. Discussion of pros and cons of this treatment option will assist you to make the best decision for you/your child.

A bit about upper extremity splints

  • An occupational therapist may recommend a splint to maintain or improve functional position of the wrist and hand
  • Upper extremity splints can be custom made
  • In some cases, appropriate splints may be commercially available

Cost

Although splinting assessment and fabrication are free of charge to clients, there may be a charge for the cost of materials.  Charges relate to materials only.

For More Information...

Contact your Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist for information about / or to discuss the potential benefit of splinting.