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.