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Sports Injuries Can Lead to Fractures. What are Your Cast Options?

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

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Oct 5, 2015 12:41:00 PM

Cast Season is in Full Swing

different-types-of-castsWhether you have a child who loves to play on the monkey bars in the nearest playground or during recess or you are an avid sports player yourself, chances are you or your child will need casting options at some point either for a sprain, strain, fracture or broken bone.

What are your cast options?

Different Types of Casts

Here at MOA, we offer three types:

  • Plaster
  • Fiberglass/Waterproof Fiberglass 
  • Exos Bracing System (Click the link to read a previous blog about Exos)

How fiberglass casts are applied:

  1. A stockinette is applied where the cast will start and stop
  2. Several layers of cotton are wrapped around the stockinette
  3. The fiberglass outer layer is soaked in water
  4. The doctor will wrap the fiberglass around the cotton and stockinette
  5. The outer layer will dry to a hard, protective covering

To remove these casts, a small, electric saw is used to cut the fiberglass. This process is usually quick and painless.  The saw's blade is dull and vibrates from side to side to break the outer shell but not hurt your skin.

Fiberglass Cast Demonstration

Below you will find a fiberglass cast demonstration for application.


Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Fall is now in full swing.  Holidays, fall sports, outdoor recreational activities may result in sports injuries and fractured bones. The Morgantown orthopedic surgeons at MOA can determine what kind of fracture you have, which will then determine what casting option you will receive.  They have been providing cutting-edge orthopedic care to Morgantown and North Central West Virginia since 1977.

If you think you may have a fracture, sprain, strain or broken bone, schedule an appointment with one of the MOA orthopedic surgeons today at 304-599-0720.

In the meantime, to learn more about fractures, visit our website or click the button below:

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Topics: Broken Bones, Casting Options