A person suspected of having a spinal cord injury should not be moved and treatment of SCI begins with immobilization, commonly achieved by enclosing the cervical spine in a rigid collar and use of rigid backboards.
When an arm, hand, leg, or foot requires immobilization, the cast, splint, or brace will generally extend from the joint above the injury to the joint below the injury.
Immobilization prevents further injuries to the cord at the scene of the injury and has helped reduce worsening of any neurological SCI injury.
Besides the risk of an unnecessary cesarean section, other risks posed to the mother by EFM include her immobilization in bed.
The primary goal of immobilization is to maintain the realignment of a bone long enough for healing to start and progress.
They are generally used along with a cast or splint, but are sometimes used alone as a means of immobilization.
It can be helpful if the child understands why immobilization is being done, as it may help with compliance.
Immobilization refers to the process of holding a joint or bone in place with a splint, cast, or brace.
Bracing and immobilization is usually not required if this is the first occurrence of this condition.
For some children, such as those in traction, immobilization will require long periods of bed rest.