Casting and splints can be used to manage spasticity (stiffness) and limited motion in the joints of the arms and legs. A series of casts that gradually improves joint motion and stiffness may be helpful to children. New casts are applied every 7-14 days for up to 6-8 weeks, depending on the child’s response. Improvement in joint motion, alignment, and stability should improve movement, play and walking.
Children with the following conditions or diagnoses may be good candidates for serial casting:
The Team: Child, family/caregiver, and staff
The child: Those whose functional and movement skills are limited due to limited joint motion caused by tight/stiff muscles.
The family/caregivers: Expected to help the child with a home exercise program during and after serial casting. The exercises help the child to get and maintain as much use as possible from the joint motion gained from the casting.
The staff: Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Orthopedic Technicians with years of experience in working with children and with specialized training in management of contractures and casting techniques.
Insurance or Medicaid is billed directly for this program. Families are responsible for co-payments, deductibles and any portion of the program not covered by their policy.
Questions or more information: 205-638-2484.