“Immobilization” is any device that is placed on an injured area of the body to help avoid movement and allow for healing. Familiar immobilization devices are plaster casts, air casts, wraps, walking boots, and braces, and splints.
Immobilization should be used only under the advice and direction of a physician to ensure that the device is going to provide correct healing.
Advantages of Conservative Treatment
- Less expensive then surgery
- Little to no recovery
- No incisions or scarring
- No long term effects
- Done during an office visit
- Best used before considering surgery
- Immediate results
Conditions Treated with Immobilization
“Immobilization” is any device that is placed on an injured area of the body to help avoid movement and allow for healing such as sprains, strains, and fractures.
- Sprains and Strains
A sprain is an injury to a ligament from over stretching or tearing. A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon.
- Injury Recovery
After an orthopedic injury, an orthopedic physican alongside physical therapy is often a very important part of recovery. During initial recovery of an injury the patient may be immobile for quite some time depending on the treatment plan. When ready for therapy, PT helps the patient re-strengthen and restore normal function and activity.
- Rotator Cuff Injury
A torn or strained rotator cuff is a common shoulder injury. It occurs when the shoulder is overextended and the tendons that support the shoulder are injured.