conservative treatment



conservative treatment (plural conservative treatments)

  1. (medicine) A treatment that does not include any operation or intervention.
    • 2000, G. Puddu et al., "Achilles Tendon Injuries" in The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine, →ISBN, page 200:
      Operative treatment should be reserved for those patients in whom conservative treatment has failed and who are motivated with regard to sports.
    • 2006, J. Franke, "Intramedullary Nailing of Humeral Shaft Fractures" in Practice of Intramedullary Locked Nails: New Developments in Techniques and Applications, →ISBN, page 179:
      For the treatment of humeral shaft fractures, conservative treatment still competes with the operative approach to a much greater degree than is the case for fractures of the long bones of the lower extremity.
    • 2007, Thomas E. Hyde and Marianne S. Gengenbach, Conservative Management of Sports Injuries, →ISBN, page 597:
      Conservative treatment could also include short-arm casting with the fingers and thumb free for 2-6 weeks.