Spica cast without a bar

A child in a spica cast without a bar

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 the cast.

Current as of: November 16, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine