13 Sep I saved my summer holidays with a waterproof cast!
What do you do when you need to wear a cast but want to be in the water? Waterproof casting is the answer.
Casting comes in many forms these days. Traditionally, casts are made out of Plaster of Paris. However, the plaster casts cause a lot of inconvenience to the user as they cannot get wet and they are typically quite heavy. People also often complain that they become muggy and break down overtime.
Another option is a fibreglass cast. This is a lightweight material that often comes in a range of different colours, making it an attractive alternative, especially for the young ones. However, some fibreglass casts are not entirely waterproof. They are often lined with cotton padding, which still restricts the injured person’s water exposure.
Today, waterproof ling such as Delta Dry is available and makes a huge difference. These linings make casting 100% waterproof and hassle-free. They allow unrestricted exposure to water without compromising the skin or delaying healing. This means that you can shower without needing to bag your hand! You can slow continue to participate in your favourite water sports. However, as a precaution, you should avoid contact with sand and mud that can get trapped within the case. Also try to restrict diving activities which may potentially affect your bone healing.
So when do you require a case? Casting is usually indicated for wrist and scaphoid fractures, particularly for you children and those who lead an active lifestyle. The cast should ideally be applied a few days after an injury to allow the initial swelling to settle. Casts are usually worn for 4-8 weeks depending on the injury, and it will need to be removed with a plaster saw. Not many hospitals and clinics offer waterproof casting unfortunately, but you might be glad to know Melbourne Hand Rehab does and we can also remove the cast for you.
So the next time you, or someone you know, requires a cast consider a waterproof one!