Gypsum is not always necessary
Sprains, dislocations, fractures are very common injuries that involve limited mobility and often prevent normal functioning.Injured places require immobilization, but it is not always advisable to use a plaster dressing.Gypsum is a traditional solution used in many injuries.Classic gypsum dressing is, however, heavy, uncomfortable, crumbles, makes it impossible to maintain hygiene, hinders further diagnostics or skin control.Its prolonged wearing results in movement restrictions in all stiffened joints.
After the injury, swelling often occurs, causing the limb to increase in volume and cease to be in the assumed cast.With time, the swelling disappears, muscles disappear, and too loose gypsum ceases to fulfill its role and becomes only a burden.
A stabilizer is a more modern way of protecting injured places.It protects the pond, limits the range of movement and improves the functioning of moving parts of the body.Its use makes it possible to undertake early functional treatment as it optimizes the repair processes occurring in damaged or reconstructed tissues.
The main advantage of stabilizers is the ability to perform movement in them, which is indispensable for proper nutrition of the joint and maintaining its efficiency.It should be remembered that in the pond immobilized for over eight weeks, irreversible changes occur in the articular cartilage.
Stabilizers can successfully replace plaster in many cases and are less invasive to the body.In most ligament injuries, it is much better to use a stabilizer that will support the healing process, but will allow movement in the joint.For some fractures, and even more so after the bone has been fused, you can and even need to use stabilizers.Using this type of immobilization allows for early rehabilitation, which shortens the time of return to activity.
The decision about the choice of stabilization is taken by the physician, bearing in mind the place and type of damage (fracture, sprain, postoperative stabilization), but the patient may always ask about the alternative treatment of the injury he suffered.It’s worth being aware that plaster is not the only solution available in this case.
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