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Serial casting uses a series of casts to hold and stretch muscles in the arm or leg. Each cast is put on and worn for 3-7 days and then removed. The series of casts can last from 10 days to 4 weeks. Serial casting can provide the following benefits: increased flexibility, improved range of motion, increased tolerance to manual stretching, and improved fit of splints or braces.
Cincinnati Children’s offers serial casting for children with a variety of diagnoses at many Cincinnati Children's Hospital Outpatient locations. The treatment provided is based on current knowledge and research. The OT/PT Department at Cincinnati Children's has written a guideline for serial casting with the leg in children
Children with the following conditions can benefit from this service: cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, idiopathic toe walking, joint contracture, or spasticity.
Serial casting can be performed either while a patient is staying at Cincinnati Children's, or in an outpatient setting. Serial casting is offered at the following neighborhood locations: Medical Office Building on Burnet, Drake, Northern Kentucky, Fairfield, Green Township, Mason, Liberty Township, and Eastgate.
Improved range of motion is one of several benefits of serial casting, which can help children with a variety of diagnoses.
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