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Spinal orthoses, which include neck braces and back braces, are used to support and stabilize areas of the body from the jaw to the lower back, including the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. These types of orthoses may be used postoperatively to promote proper and safe healing, to treat a chronic disease or condition such as arthritis, or used to treat an injury like whiplash.
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Uses of Spinal Orthoses
Realign the Spine
Incorrect alignment of the spinal column can compromise the spinal cord and existing nerve roots, causing pain, weakness, or even paralysis. An orthopedic spinal brace can realign and support the spine, aiding in the healing process, slowing the progression of conditions such as osteoarthritis and helping preserve muscular and sensory functions.
Immobilize the Spine
Controlling the movement of the spine is extremely important in treating injured or damaged areas. The use of an orthopedic spinal brace to immobilize the spine encourages fractures to heal, prevents progression of disease or deformity, and provides overall support of the body.
Support Weakened Areas of the Spine
To ensure maximum stability of the spinal column during the healing process, spinal orthotic devices are designed to fit snuggly, providing maximum support to the entire torso, including the pelvis. The devices often incorporate rigid components that assume the function of damaged bones and ligaments.
Designing a Custom Spinal Orthosis
Optimal treatment outcomes are dependent upon an optimal fit; therefore, spinal orthoses are often custom-made based on a model of the individual’s body. We create these models using the Insignia™ Laser Scanning System. This quick, painless scan creates a digital image that can supplement the patient’s medical record and can be used to provide a digital snapshot of the recovery process.
Neck Orthoses & Supports
These types of neck orthoses range from soft supports that help in the treatment of minor neck strains to rigid braces that may provide support from under the jaw down to the chest area. Their intent is to provide maximum support and protection of the cervical spine.
Halo Orthoses or Cervical Halo
Halo orthoses, also called cervical halos are used to treat severe injuries to the cervical spine. This type of orthosis includes a vest and superstructure with metal pins that penetrate into the skull. Halos are typically used to treat unstable fractures of the neck or for postoperative stabilization.
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