Splint as good as cast for some kids' injuries

September 8, 2010 9:46:03 AM PDT
White plaster casts, which many children have sported over the years, could soon become a treatment of the past for some broken bones.

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.