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Casting and Bracing
Casts and braces support and protect injured bones and soft tissue. When you break a bone, your doctor will set the bones in the proper position. Casts and splints hold the bones in place while they heal. They also reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.
Splints or "half-casts" provide less support than casts. However, splints can be adjusted to accommodate swelling from injuries easier than enclosed casts. Your doctor will decide which type of support is best for you.