Splints and Braces Toronto
There are various support splints and braces for Toronto customers that can be beneficial in helping with injury recovery for the purposes of joint stabilization, reducing swelling and inflammation, or promoting muscle/tendon flexibility.
Casts and splints are orthopedic devices that are used to protect and support fractured or injured bones and joints. They help to immobilize the injured limb to keep the bone in place until it fully heals. Casts differ from splints because they provide more support and protection for a limb that is injured or broken. They are made from materials like plaster or fiberglass that can be easily molded to the shape of the injured arm or leg.
Splints, also known as half-casts, provide less support than casts, but are faster and easier to use. They also can be tightened or loosened easily if the swelling in the arm or leg increases or decreases. Ready-made or off-the-shelf splints are available in many different sizes and shapes. In some cases, custom-designed splints must be used. Velcro straps make it easier for the patient or health care provider to put the splint on or take it off.
Casts and splints support and protect injured bones and soft tissue. When you break a bone, your doctor will put the pieces back together in the right position. Casts and splints hold the bones in place while they heal. They also reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.
In some cases, splints and casts are applied following surgery. Casts and splints are used when a bone is fractured (broken). They can also be used following orthopedic surgery. Sometimes splints are used immediately following an injury due to swelling of the affected area. After the swelling goes down, then a full cast might be applied to the injured limb.
A cast might have to be replaced during the healing process if the injured area becomes less swollen and the cast gets looser. In that case, the cast might be replaced with a splint to provide more freedom of movement.
Splints or “half-casts” provide less support than casts. However, splints can be adjusted to accommodate swelling from injuries easier than enclosed casts. Your doctor will decide which type of support is best for you.
Knee Braces Toronto
If you’ve ever had a knee injury, you know how painful even the simplest task of walking can become. And because we rely so heavily on this important joint, healing can take a long time unless we find a way to give it the extra support and protection that it needs during recovery. They work because they apply slight pressure to the uninjured side of the knee, which results in relief of compression on the injured side. Custom knee braces are easy to use, lightweight and effective solutions for many forms of knee pain.
There are four main types of knee brace:
- Prophylactic – protects the knees during contact sports such as hockey or football.
- Functional – provides support to an injured knee.
- Rehabilitative – limits movement while you are recovering from surgery or an injury
- Unloader/offloader – provides support for people who have arthritis in their knees.
Why choose Matrix?
The physiotherapists at Matrix Physiotherapy not only specialize in custom splints and braces but they also offer these services as part of a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach. Through our wide range of available treatments and products, our caring and professional team of healthcare professionals will design a recovery plan tailored to your needs.
What is a Cast for Broken Bones Made Out Of?
Casts are partly made from fiberglass or plaster, which form the hard layer that protects the injured limb and keeps it immobilized.
Fiberglass—This material has several advantages compared to plaster. It weighs less, so the cast made from it will be lighter than one made of plaster. Fiberglass is also more durable and more porous (allows air to flow in and out). It is also advantageous to use fiberglass instead of plaster in case the limb must be X-rayed during the healing process. Fiberglass is available in a variety of colors.
Plaster—This material costs less than fiberglass and is more malleable (is more easily shaped) than fiberglass in certain cases.
Before the casting material is applied, a stockinette is placed around the area that will be covered by the cast. Afterwards a layer of padding made of cotton or another soft material (Webril) is rolled on to further protect the skin. The padding also provides elastic pressure to facilitate healing.
Plaster or fiberglass comes in strips or rolls that are moistened and rolled on over the padding.
Plaster materials are made from dry muslin that is treated with starch or dextrose and calcium sulfate. After the process of applying the casting material is completed, the material will start to dry in about 10 to 15 minutes. The temperature of the skin might rise as the plaster is drying because of a chemical reaction that occurs. When plaster is used, it can take from 1 to 2 days for the cast to harden completely. The patient must be careful during this period because the plaster might break or crack while it is hardening. The cast will appear smooth and white after it hardens.
Like plaster, fiberglass materials come in rolls. Strips are moistened and applied to form the cast. The cast will appear rough after it has dried.
A combination of physiotherapy and the use of support equipment can speed up a patient’s recovery when properly advised by our physiotherapists. You will be able to return to your regular daily or sporting activities faster.