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Is it possible for you to do upper body exercise when in an immobilizing foot cast?

Is it possible for you to do upper body exercise when in an immobilizing foot cast?

Yes- esp. if seated: As long as you are not applying more than the simple weight of your leg and otherwise abiding by your physician's activity limitations, you should be able to participate in a myriad of upper extremity exercises and utilize any of the upper extremity lifting machines that allow for a seated position. ...Read more

Immobilization (Definition)

Immobilization is the process of applying a splint, brace, or cast to prevent movement of a part of the body. This is done to help with the healing process, especially in areas where frequent movement would prevent healing (i.e. Bone fracture) immobilization can also be used to stabilize an area where the ligament is loose, and movement would cause injury ...Read more


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What determines whether a cast or immobilizer is used for patella fracture?

What determines whether a cast or immobilizer is used  for patella fracture?

Varies: If u have a patellar fracture that does not require surgery then a cylinder cast or knee immobilizer is generally used. Either is appropriate.. Casts are sometimes used to ensure the fracture will not 'displace' and in patients who may not follow their doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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Help! i can't bend knee above 40 degree is it normal ? I was on full cast for 6 weeks, then 4 weeks in immobilizer just removed, i had PCL injury.

Help! i can't bend knee above 40 degree is it normal ? I was on full cast for 6 weeks, then 4 weeks in immobilizer just removed, i had PCL injury.

Arthrofibrosis: You have what's called arthrofibrosis caused by your prolonged immobilization. The next step for you is physical therapy aimed at restoring your range of motion. If this is not effective you may need a manipulation under anesthesia or an arthroscopy to break up the scar tissue. Let's hope you get it accomplished through physical therapy. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was put in a knee immobilizer for a month due to a dislocated patella. The brace keeps sliding down and does not support my knee can I ask for cast ?

I was put in a knee immobilizer for a month due to a dislocated patella. The brace keeps sliding down and does not support my knee can I ask for cast ?

You can but you may not like it.: When we do a cast for a knee injury it is a straight leg cast. This means that you can't bend your knee at all and you have to hobble around on crutches. Perhaps you can work on fitting that knee brace a little better. ...Read more

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I have two 5th metatarsal fractures avulsion and jones on my left foot and was only given cast which only reaches up to my ankle so doesn t really immobilize the foot is it going to heal it has been 5 weeks and the pain swelling hasn t subsided at all?

I have two 5th metatarsal fractures avulsion and jones on my left foot and was only given cast which only reaches up to my ankle so doesn t really immobilize the foot is it going to heal it has been 5 weeks and the pain swelling hasn t subsided at all?

Discuss with doctor: Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Without examining and reviewing x-rays it is difficult to accurately assess. Jones fractures are often slow to heal and sometimes require surgical management. Are you non-weighbearing. I would hope so since this is usually required for healing. I would also look for pain to be subsiding as time goes on. At best this will take 6 weeks for bone to heal. Ask dr. ...Read more

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5 month old missed talus neck fracture. Undisplaced , no avn after 10 week post injury. Currently on cast immobilization. What is the best treatment?

5 month old missed talus neck fracture. Undisplaced , no avn after 10 week post injury. Currently on cast immobilization.  What is the best treatment?

CT scan: Sounds like treatment is appropriate if no displacement. Ct scan can evaluate healing process. A bone stimulator may also help with healing. If no x-ray evidence of healing at 3 -6 months than surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: immobilization?

What is the definition or description of: immobilization?

Preventing motion: Immobilization is the process of applying a splint, brace, or cast to prevent movement of a part of the body. This is done to help with the healing process, especially in areas where frequent movement would prevent healing (i.e. Bone fracture) immobilization can also be used to stabilize an area where the ligament is loose, and movement would cause injury (i.e. Knee or spine). ...Read more

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Why do you use immobilization in radiotherapy?

Why do you use immobilization in radiotherapy?

To target the cancer: Immobilization of a body part during radiation is so that the targeted area ("field") can be precisely radiated. This avoids radiation to healthy tissues and gives the cancer as directed a treatment as possible. ...Read more

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What is good immobilizer for osgood schlatters disease?

What is good immobilizer for osgood schlatters disease?

Small: A chopat strap can give support without increasing pressure on the lump. Many knee sleeves will increase pain because of the pressure on the bony lump. ...Read more

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How long should a wrist ligament be immobilizes?

How long should a wrist ligament be immobilizes?

4-6 weeks: If a mild sprain, then typically it will respond to 4-6 weeks of immobilization. However, a fracture should be ruled out early on, at the beginning of treatment. After 4-6 weeks of immobilization, if there is no improvement, further diagnostic studies (arthogram with or without mri) should be done. If unresponsive to splinting, arthroscopy and/or open surgery may be required. ...Read more

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What can you do to perform a c-spine immobilization when the head is sideways?

What can you do to perform a c-spine immobilization when the head is sideways?

You need to get help: Patients with suspected or possible cervical spine injury must have their cervical spine properly immobilized until formal evaluation can be performed. Secondary injury can and does occur if cervical spine is not immobilized appropriately, or done with the wrong technique. In case of an emergency, don't re-position head, it's best to call 911 & await trained experts to perform the immobilization. ...Read more

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How does immobilization cause osteoporosis?

How does immobilization cause osteoporosis?

Immobilization: Hi. Both weight-bearing and muscle use are good for bone health. You're not weigh-bearing OR using muscles if you're immobilized. Skeletal mass and strength suffer. It appears that the cells that eat away bone (osteoclasts) are relatively more active than the cells that fill the eaten-out bone back in (osteoblasts), so there's a net loss of bone mass and bone architecture & urinary loss of calcium ...Read more

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Immobilization for kienbock disease, what to do?

Immobilization for kienbock disease, what to do?

Navicular necrosis: Kienbocks disease is a cystic degeneration of the navicular bone in the wrist due to abnormal forces applied to the bone, usually by the radius. Typical treatment involves radial shortening, revascularization of the navicular, bone grafting or partial wrist fusion. Immobilization by itself would not be effective in almost all cases. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how immobilization increase the risk for venous thromboembolism?

Can you tell me how immobilization increase the risk for venous thromboembolism?

Sludge: Muscle activity in the legs is what propels blood through the veins. immobilization reduces vein blood flow. This may lead to stagnant blood flow or clotting. This is a classic risk factor for clot. ...Read more

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I've been getting immobilizing pain in my intestines. Is that something I need checked out?

I've been getting immobilizing pain in my intestines. Is that something I need checked out?

Intestinal pain: Yes, any pain needs to be examined by your doctor. You MAY have a digestive issue or something more such as a blockage which can be very dangerous. A recent study indicates that pain is the number one reason people see their doctors. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more