Some children who have developed mild to moderate
contractures (knees, ankles, wrists, fingers, elbows)
may benefit from serial casting.
Serial casting is a temporary straightening and casting of the
affected joint (for about 2 days). The cast is then removed, the child goes
through some physical therapy, and a new cast is applied with the joint
stretched a bit more.
The procedure is repeated with the joint a little straighter each
time. This process continues until maximal straightening has occurred. A
resting splint may be worn at night for 3 to 6 months afterwards.
Serial casting may be able to restore the ability to straighten a
mildly contracted joint, but it is unlikely to improve severe
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofOctober 31, 2016
Current as of:
October 31, 2016
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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