Cast21: A Breakthrough for Patients With Cast Claustrophobia

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When someone breaks a bone, the standard course of treatment is to have it set in a cast. For many people, this is a relatively minor ordeal that heals quickly and causes little discomfort. But for others, the experience of having a cast can trigger anxiety and even panic attacks. This reaction is often dismissed as overreacting. However, recent studies have shown that anxiety following casting is a real and extremely common phenomenon. 

The reasons for this reaction are not fully understood, but it is thought that the loss of mobility and sensation in the affected limb can trigger feelings of claustrophobia and isolation. In severe cases, the anxiety can be so severe that it interferes with healing. 

Finding a solution for this complication is essential in providing care for patients who experience anxiety and panic attacks when they have to wear a cast. Until now, there has been no real solution to this problem. But Cast21 may be able to help ease your cast anxiety.

What is Cast Claustrophobia? 

Cast Claustrophobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes extreme distress while wearing a cast. While most people feel some discomfort in a cast, those with cast claustrophobia experience intense fear and panic. The thought of being trapped in a cast can be so overwhelming that some people will go to great lengths to avoid it.

While it may seem like a silly phobia, cast claustrophobia is a real condition that can cause serious anxiety and even impede the healing process. If you're feeling panicked or trapped by your cast, don't hesitate to reach out to your doctor. They can help you find ways to ease your anxiety and make the healing process more bearable. 

How to Treat Cast Claustrophobia

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If you are currently dealing with cast claustrophobia, there are several options that may help you manage your symptoms: 

Anticipatory conversation prior to cast application: refers to talking about the upcoming event with your doctor beforehand. This can help you prepare for the experience and ease some of the anxiety and fear you are feeling.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy: is another effective treatment option for claustrophobia. This type of therapy helps to change the way you think and feel about small spaces.

Anxiolytic medication: is used to treat anxiety and related disorders, but it is important to talk to your doctor about all of your options before starting any new medication.

Alternative to Wearing a Cast 

Not only are plaster and fiberglass casts constricting and uncomfortable, they can also cause feelings of isolation and helplessness. Luckily, there are alternatives to traditional casts that can help to reduce claustrophobic symptoms.

Cast21 creates modern medical devices for broken bones and beyond, reducing claustrophobia symptoms in patients by allowing them to see and touch their limb, feel airflow, and reduce the trapped feeling. As a result, patients are able to heal without experiencing the discomfort and anxiety of traditional casting treatments.

Cast21 Is Changing the Way People Heal 

As the demand for more efficient medical products continues to grow, Cast21 is quickly becoming the industry leader in orthopedic casting. Cast21 offers a number of benefits not available with other products. Some of the benefits of our cast alternative include: 

Lightweight: our cast alternative is made from a lightweight material that is significantly more comfortable to wear.

Breathable: Cast21 is engineered with an open lattice structure to allow air and moisture to circulate, which helps to prevent skin irritation and itchiness. 

Waterproof: the waterproof design is so hygienic, that it’s much easier to keep the arm clean. Patients can enjoy a relaxing shower or bath, without having to worry about damaging their Cast21 product.

Rapid application: applying the immobilization net is much simpler and faster. The entire process can be completed in just minutes, without the need for any special equipment. 

No cast saw necessary: the traditional method for removing a cast involves using a cast saw. This can be a frightening experience for some patients. Cast21 is a safe alternative that does not require the use of a cast saw. 

Request a Cast21 Sample 

Cast21 is revolutionizing the field of orthopedic casting by providing a less restrictive and more comfortable option for patients. With Cast21, you can heal from your orthopedic injury in a way that is more comfortable and convenient for you. If you or someone you know suffers from claustrophobia, be sure to ask your doctor about Cast21. 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Cast21, please contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions and help you get on the road to recovery.

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