Some spinal disorders and deformities can be helped with the use of a supportive brace on the neck or back. Neck and back braces are most commonly used for:
The brace supports the spine and holds it in position (neutral, upright, flexed, hyper-extended, or lateral-flexed). We may prescribe the use of a spine brace for several reasons, such as:
Neck braces are used to stabilize the cervical spine after a neck surgery, neck trauma, or can sometimes be used as a safe non-invasive alternative to surgery. Depending on your injury or specific needs, there are several different types of neck braces available including:
Back braces help keep the lower spine from moving around after an injury. When the lower spine is in motion and does not stay in a set position, it takes longer for it to heal properly. In addition to helping the spine heal faster, braces can also relieve pain and discomfort. While there are a variety of types of back braces, the two most common types are:
Rigid braces are form-fitting and can stop as much as 50% of the motion of the spine. Rigid braces are often used when treating broken bones and to help recovery after a fusion surgery. It’s recommended that your wear the brace while standing, and take it off when laying down.
Corset braces are used to restrict the motion of your spine following a lumbar fusion. A corset brace allows the fusion to set up properly by limiting the motion of the back so that the patient cannot bend forward. The less motion there is, the easier and quicker your spine will heal, particularly when there are no devices used to stabilize the area. Some people who have to lift heavy objects at work wear corset braces to help them use proper form when lifting. Since the brace limits your ability to bend forward, it encourages you to bend down using your leg muscles to lift, instead of bending forward and lifting with your back.
At the Spine Care Center in Virginia, We will provide you with complete instructions and answer any questions you may have about neck or back braces during your appointment.