In a perfect world, you sail through life with your bones and soft tissue intact, but life is full of mishaps that require medical attention. When injury strikes, the team at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center, headed up by Carleo Capili, MD, and Regina Capili, MD, offers splinting and casting services, helping patients in Grapevine, Texas, heal quickly and properly. To learn more, simply call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Splinting and Casting Q & A

Why would I need splinting or casting?

The human body is an incredibly complex machine, made up of 206 bones, which are surrounded by hundreds of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that keep everything together and functioning well. The sheer number of components in your musculoskeletal system also means that there’s ample opportunity for something to go wrong, including:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Muscle strains
  • Sprains
  • Ligament tears

And these types of injuries can crop up at any time, whether you’re on the playing field or simply stepping out the door.

What should I do if I’ve been injured?

If you sustain an injury anywhere in your musculoskeletal system, your first steps are important. The doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center recommend that you immediately apply the RICE method:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

This early care of an injury can help reduce both the pain and the swelling.

It’s important to note that if your injury is severe, with broken skin, bleeding, and/or severe pain, you should seek medical help straight away at your nearest emergency room.

When should I see a doctor?

If you’ve applied the RICE method for 24 hours, yet you’re still left with pain, swelling, and stiffness, it’s time to call Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center. When you come in, your doctor reviews your injury and likely orders advanced imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to get a closer look at what’s going on inside.

Once they have a clearer picture of the problem, your doctor can recommend next steps, which may include splinting or casting, depending upon the severity and location of your injury. The idea behind splinting and casting is to take the pressure off the injured area and align it properly, allowing time for your body to heal correctly.

How long will it take to recover?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this, as it depends upon the extent of your injury. A broken finger may only require a week in a splint, while a broken ankle can lay you up for a month or two. Rest assured, the doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center do everything in their power to help you heal as quickly as possible, but you may need to draw upon some patience to get through your recovery.

For expert splinting and casting services, call Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.