A splint is a medical device used to support and stabilize injured bones, joints, ligaments, or tendons as they heal. Splints are generally more flexible and easier to use than casts, which are made of fiberglass or plaster and molded to fit the shape of the injured limb. Splints often consist of a hard “half-cast” that is secured to the limb with elastic or Velcro straps, allowing for adjustments to accommodate swelling and the ability to remove the splint for bathing or sleeping. In contrast, casts must be removed by a healthcare professional.
At TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track in Tampa, FL, our team of medical professionals is skilled in treating a wide range of urgent care needs, including sprains and fractures. Our Florida walk-in clinics are fully equipped with the necessary resources to provide comprehensive care for non-emergency injuries, including on-site X-ray capabilities and splinting services. Whether you are dealing with a sprained ankle or a broken bone, we are here to help you get the care you need.
WHEN TO USE SPLINTING INSTEAD OF REGULAR CAST
Splinting is typically used instead of casting when the injury or condition does not require the complete immobilization of the affected limb or joint. For example, splints may be used for injuries that involve sprains, strains, or fractures that do not require a high level of stability or support. Splints are also often used for injuries that are likely to cause swelling, as they can be easily adjusted to accommodate changes in the size of the limb. Additionally, splints are typically preferred over casts for injuries that are expected to heal within a shorter period of time, as they are more flexible and easier to remove for bathing or sleeping. Overall, the decision to use a splint or a cast will depend on the specific needs of the patient and the recommendations of their healthcare provider.
Splinting is a common treatment option for many types of injuries, including:
- Stress fractures: a small crack in a bone caused by overuse or repetitive stress
- Simple fractures: a break in a bone with no damage to the skin or surrounding soft tissue
- Greenstick fractures: an incomplete break in a bone that occurs after it bends and cracks (commonly seen in children)
- Sprains: an overstretched or torn ligament connecting two bones
In addition to these injuries, splinting may be used to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and tennis elbow. At TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track in Tampa, FL, our team is experienced in providing splinting as a standalone treatment for these and other injuries. If necessary, we can also take X-rays and refer you to an orthopedic specialist for follow-up care. To learn more about splinting or our other urgent care services, please don’t hesitate to contact or visit us at TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track in Tampa, FL.
WE’RE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
If you need treatment for an injury requiring splinting, don’t wait for regular office hours. At TGH Urgent Care, our 16 urgent care centers in the Tampa area are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, so you can get the care you need when you need it. We see patients on a first-come, first-served basis unless you check in online using our On My Way system, which allows you to reserve your place in line. Many visits to our facilities can be completed in less than an hour.
We accept most major insurance plans and offer discounted self-pay rates. If you need splinting or any other urgent care services, don’t hesitate to contact or visit TGH Urgent Care in the Tampa area today.