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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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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