Serious injuries can occur anytime, whether playing a game, running, or simply slipping on the steps. Make an appointment with a doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of a chronic orthopedic condition, including pain in your muscles, bones, joints, or connective tissue, or if you suspect that you may have one.
Orthopedic doctors can use surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat your injury or ailment. Your doctor could advise wearing a splint, boot, or brace to hasten the recovery of an injury, depending on the nature and seriousness of the damage. What distinguishes them from one another, though?
When do you need a splint?
Splints are among the most popular techniques for immobilization following sports or orthopedic injuries. After surgery or a trauma-related incident, an orthopedic surgeon may advise wearing a splint to immobilize joints and stop additional damage.
According to orthopedic surgeons, splints immobilize the wounded area, whether the lesion is to the bone or only soft tissue. “This optimizes the environment for healing so that the damage can heal effectively and quickly.” Fractures of the foot, ankle, leg, or wrist are some of the most prevalent injuries that may require immobilization with a splint.
When is a boot necessary?
An orthopedic doctor may suggest wearing a boot to stabilize the joints if you suffer a foot, ankle, or lower leg injury. There are three types of boots: partial, full,and non-weight bearing.
Your doctor will recommend the ideal strategy based on the seriousness of the injury and the level of stability required. You can take your boot off and clean it with a cloth when taking a bath.
When do you need a brace?
For patients with musculoskeletal problems, such as fractures and dislocated joints, as well as sprains and strains, braces may be necessary to promote healing. A brace may help with joint instability and imbalances on a long-term basis in specific circumstances. The most popular knee braces come in three different designs:
- A patella-stabilizing brace that prohibits movement
- A range-of-motion brace that restricts joint movement.
- A brace that uses straps and hinges to support the user as they move.
When are crutches required?
Crutches may be advisable for wounds or trauma that call for a non-weight-bearing course of recovery. The crutch is stick-like support with cushioning at the top that goes underneath the arm, enabling weight transfer from the legs onto the upper body. Crutches are often made of wood, metal, or fiberglass.
You must visit a hospital and surgery center immediately if you have a sport or orthopedic injury so your doctor can suggest the best course of action for treatment and recovery.Please schedule a visit with an orthopedic doctor if you are dealing with any of the following symptoms so they can examine you.
- Pain, stiffness, or discomfort that makes doing daily tasks challenging
- Enduring pain (pain that has lasted longer than 12 weeks)
- A soft tissue injury that hasn’t healed after a few days, limited range of motion instability while walking or standing, gradual weakening or numbness in the arms or legs.