Serial casting is a technique applied to improve the mobility of stiff joints through progressive casting.
During this process, a series of casts (often made with a hybrid mesh material that is water repellent and well-ventilated) are applied over a period of time, with each subsequent cast gradually adjusting the position of the joint to its desired alignment.
The casts are changed progressively as the patient’s range of motion improves, hence the term "serial."
Serial casting is applied to increase the flexibility of muscles in conditions such as stroke, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injury, and any other conditions that affects the muscle flexibility to various joints, such as those in the elbow, wrist, knee, and ankle.
It can benefit:
Children with congenital conditions: Many congenital conditions, such as clubfoot, are identified and treated in infancy or early childhood. Serial casting can be especially beneficial in these young patients, as their bones and joints are still developing and can be more easily realigned.
Patients with neuromuscular disorders: Those suffering from conditions like cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury, or spinal cord injury may experience muscle imbalances or contractures. Serial casting provides a non-invasive approach to address the complications.
Post-operative patients: Individuals who've undergone surgeries for tendon releases, joint corrections, or other orthopaedic interventions might require serial casting to maintain the surgical correction and optimise the healing process.
Individuals with acquired contractures: This might be due to prolonged immobility, burns, or other traumatic injuries where the muscle or joint has lost its normal range of movement.
At Parkway East Hospital, we have built a reputation for quality rehabilitation services in Singapore and the region.
We provide rehabilitation services such as serial casting, physiotherapy, speech language therapy, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, and home care services for patients of all ages.