To render powerless or motionless, as by inflicting severe injury
To cause to cease regular activity
Casts are generally used to immobilize a broken bone.
Splinting is also used to immobilize an injured arm or leg immediately after an injury.
Splinting to immobilize a fracture can be done with or without traction.
The goal is to realign or immobilize the part or to relieve pressure on that particular area to promote healing and restore function.
A splint is often used to immobilize a dislocated joint while it heals.