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Conditions we treat by Serial Casting

Conditions we treat by Serial Casting

Serial casting is an effective method of physiotherapy treatment that can be used in any condition that causes stiffness around joints causing a reduced range of motion. Most commonly, serial casting is used in conditions such as:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Idiopathic toe walking
  • Club foot
  • Brain injury
  • Spina bifida
  • Congenital abnormalities

Casting works by immobilising joints with limited range of motion using a padded plaster cast. On a weekly basis, the plaster cast is removed from the affected joint and then the joint is stretched further and re-set using a new plaster cast. This process is done gradually over a number of weeks until a normal range of motion is achieved. Normally this form of treatment can take anything from 6 to 16 weeks to complete with appointments on a weekly basis lasting 2-3 hours. During this treatment time, a new cast is applied and the home exercises program is review by the physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will assess alignment of the joint and ensure the casting is re-modelling in the correct form and no abnormal git patterns are forming. In addition to walking patterns and functional movement, the physiotherapist will assess your child's muscle strength, tone, sensation and proprioception.

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .