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Serial casting is a treatment strategy designed to improve range of motion in shortened muscles. The goal of serial casting is to provide a prolonged, maintained stretch on a shortened muscle over an extended period of time.
Serial casting is also used to prevent further muscle contractures.
Typically, a cast is placed over the joint for 7-14 days. The physical therapist assists in positioning the joint for proper alignment during casting. When the cast is removed, joint range is re-assessed.
Several casts may be applied in succession until the desired functional joint range of motion is achieved. The average number of cast applications is typically one to three casts.
Serial casting is often followed up with orthotic interventions, strengthening programs and gait training.