A spica cast is used as treatment to stabilize the hips, legs, or pelvis.
It may be needed as treatment for abnormal bone or joint development (such as
developmental dysplasia of the hips, or DDH) or for problems resulting from an
accident or injury. The cast is made from plaster or fiberglass. It is worn
continuously, usually for 2 to 3 months.
Soft padding, such as
moleskin, is placed around the edges of the cast in the diaper area. For babies
and young children who are not toilet trained, a small diaper is tucked beneath
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics