The most commonly made cast is a short arm cast for immobilising the wrist after a fracture/break (fracture is the medical term for a broken bone). Fibreglass casting material is often preferred by clients as it allows the cast to get wet. In some instances a waterproof fibreglass cast can be applied so that clients can continue with activities such as swimming. Your therapist will instruct you in proper care of your cast when the cast is applied.
If you suspect you have broken your wrist or other bone in the hand or forearm, an x-ray to confirm this is always required before the appropriate intervention can be determined. If fractured, the Accident and Emergency Department at your local hospital or local doctor should reduce the fracture to ensure that it is in the correct alignment or position. Referral for orthopaedic review should also be made at this point of contact if necessary.