Spinal orthosis, or back braces, range from an "of the shelf" soft support to a complex, custom made rigid orthotic. Like other orthotics, spinal orthosis are named for the area of the neck/spineback that is treated or affected by the orthotic.
- Spinal Supports and Elastic Binders
- Spinal Corsets
- SOMI (Sub-Occipital Mandibular Immobilization)
- Cervical Thoracic Orthosis
- Cervical Thoracic Orthoses (CTO)
- Cervical-Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Orthoses (CTLSO)
- Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Orthoses (TLSO)
- CASH (Cruciform Anterior Spinal Hyperextension) Orthosis
- Lumbo-Sacral Orthoses (LSO)
- Custom LSO or Body Jacket
- Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Hip Orthoses (TLSHO)
- Chairback Orthosis
Spinal orthosis are prescribed to:
Realign the Spine
Incorrect alignment of the spinal column can compromise the spinal cord and existing nerve roots, causing pain, weakness or even paralysis. Spinal orthosis realign and support the spine, aiding in the healing process, slowing the progression of conditions such as osteoarthritis and scoliosis and helping preserve muscular and sensory functions.
Immobilize the Spine
When one segment of the spine moves, it creates motion in the areas immediately above and below. Controlling this motion is extremely important in treating injured or damaged areas. The use of spinal orthosis 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, 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.
Creating a Custom Spinal Orthosis
Optimal treatment outcomes are dependent upon an optimal fit; therefore, spinal orthoses are often designed from a model of the patient’s body. In the past models were created from a plaster and a series of measurements which was messy and uncomfortable to the patient. Today, we offer Insignia laser scanning. Insignia is non-invasive, accurate three-dimensional model of the body. This quick, painless scan created a permanent digital image that can supplement the patient’s medical record and can be used to provide a digital snapshot of the recovery process.
Other bracing options include those for the treatment of scoliosis such at the Boston Brace or Milwaukee Brace and specialty bracing for sleeping such as the Charleston Bending Brace.