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Total Point Urgent Care provides patients throughout Texas and Arizona with casting, splinting, and bracing services. As a convenient healthcare resource for the community, our urgent care centers offer the medical care patients need at a fraction of the cost they encounter in the emergency room. The casting, splinting, and bracing services we provide and all our medical services are efficient and personalized. We offer convenient services to our patients, so they have the best possible experience.
What Are Casting, Splinting, & Bracing?
Casts, splints, and braces are orthopedic devices that protect and support broken or injured bones and joints. These medical devices help immobilize the broken or injured limb by keeping the bone or joint in place until it has adequate time to heal fully. Unlike splints and braces, casts provide more support and protection for a broken or injured limb. Casts are mostly made from materials such as plaster or fiberglass, and they can be easily molded to the shape of the injured limb. Splints and braces are easier to use than casts but provide less support. Splints and braces could be tightened or loosened easily as well if the limb being treated were to have its swelling increase or decrease.
When is Casting, Splinting, & Bracing Needed?
Casting, splinting, and bracing are used when a bone or joint is broken or injured, and can also be used following an orthopedic surgical procedure. On occasion, splints or braces are used immediately following an injury to help reduce any swelling. Depending on the extent of the injury, a full cast may be applied to the injured limb once the swelling goes down. Additionally, if the injured limb becomes less swollen, loosening the cast, that cast may need replacing, and a splint or brace may be used to allow for a greater range of movement to occur.
Conditions That Casting, Splinting, & Bracing Can Treat
Casting, splinting, and bracing can help treat a wide range of conditions. Conditions that casting, splinting, and bracing can treat include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Pediatric Arthritis
- Bone Fracture
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cartilage Damage
- Pediatric Clubfoot
- Connective Tissue Disease
- Finger Dislocation
- Pediatric Hand Deformities
- Heel Spur
- Herniated Disc
- Hip Dislocation
- Hip Pain
- Joint Pain
- Ligament Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Repetitive Use Injury
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Shin Splints
- Spine Care
- Tendon Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
How Are Casts, Splints, & Braces Removed?
Casts are removed with a special cast saw after the bone or joint has sufficiently healed. The special cast saw is equipped with a flat, rounded, vibrating metal blade that can cut through the cast without injuring the skin beneath the cast. Your healthcare provider will cut your cast in several places before spreading and opening the cast with another tool used to lift it off from the limb. Then, medical-grade scissors are used to cut through the protective padding and stockinette layers, which are then removed.
What Are Complications Associated With Orthopedic Devices
When it comes to orthopedic devices, complications can range from minor to severe depending on the length of time that the device is worn. If worn, especially for a prolonged period, these medical devices can cause pressure sores and even compartment syndrome. Pressure sores can develop under on skin beneath a cast when the cast is too tight or does not fit correctly. Pressure sores occur when excess pressure takes place in one area. Compartment syndrome is a significant complication and is caused by a too-tight orthopedic device constricting a swollen limb. When the pressure inside the device builds up, it can damage the muscles, nerves, or blood vessels in the area. In some cases, damage can be permanent. To avoid lasting damage, reach out to a healthcare professional if you notice the following symptoms:
- Numbness or tingling in the affected limb
- Cold, pale, or bluish skin on the affected limb
- Burning or stinging in the affected limb
- Increased pain or swelling in the affected limb
Why Choose Total Point Urgent Care?
At Total Point Urgent Care, patients can walk-in services and affordable healthcare. In all that we do, we strive to make healthcare both simple and convenient, which is why you can walk right into our urgent care clinic without calling to schedule an appointment. We take immense pride in being a convenient healthcare resource for communities throughout Texas and Arizona.
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