A new study finds splints were just as effective as casts in treating wrist fractures. They were also more comfortable, easier to clean and caused less anxiety for children.
The research in the Canadian Medical Association Journal involved 92 children. Half wore a cast. The other half had a splint. After six weeks both were considered equally effective in healing the injury.
But, a splint can be taken off at any time, and some doctors say this can be detrimental to the healing process.