Hand & Finger Casts: Ulnar Gutter, Radial Gutter & Thumb Spica


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Thumb spica casts are most commonly used for fractures and ligament damage to the thumb. However, this type of cast is also used for fractures to the _____.

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1. Radial gutter casts are used for fractures to which of the following fingers?

2. When a thumb spica cast is applied, what position is the thumb fixed in?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess and improve your knowledge of hand and finger casts with this quiz and worksheet. The five questions in the quiz require you to know about at least three different types of casts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will confirm your knowledge of the following:

  • The types of fractures for which thumb spica casts are used
  • The finger for which radial gutter casts are used
  • How to position the thumb when using a thumb spica cast
  • When different types of casts are applied
  • The position of the wrist when applying radial and ulnar gutter casts

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about types of hand and finger casts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding when different types of casts are applied
  • Making connections - understand the relationship between types of fractures and types of casts used

Additional Learning

Further your understanding of this topic with the lesson titled Hand & Finger Casts: Ulnar Gutter, Radial Gutter & Thumb Spica. Here are a few examples of what you'll find in this lesson:

  • Casts used for fractures to the scaphoid
  • Materials used to make different types of casts
  • The purpose of a removable splint
  • Casts used to provide long-term immobilization