Whether you are planning spinal surgery, struggle with a back injury or need corrections for a spinal disorder like Scoliosis, custom-made and custom-fit spinal orthotics are available at Whitby Physiotherapy.
Spinal orthoses, or orthopedic back braces, range from an “off the shelf” soft support to a complex, custom made rigid orthotic. Like other orthotics, a spinal orthosis is named for the area of the neck/spine/back that is treated by the orthotic device.
Thoracic-Lumbar-Sacral Orthosis. It is used to stabilize the spine after surgery or for healing of fractured vertebrae.
Semi-rigid Thoracic-Lumbar-Sacral Orthosis. It provides less coverage than a molded TLSO, above, and might also be used after a spinal injury.
Semi-rigid Lumbar-Sacral Orthosis. It is shorter than a TLSO and starts below your ribs. Used after lower-back surgery or injury, it allows more flexibility.
Cervical Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthosis. It may be custom molded or custom fit to support weakened or damaged areas of the spine and to stabilize unwanted curves.
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 scoliosis and helping preserve muscular and sensory functions.
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 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.