Our team at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics specializes in providing assistive medical devices and supportive wear to aid with a variety of conditions and symptom. We understand that adjusting to an orthotic device such as a back brace can be an intimidating prospect, and we want to help make that transition easier. In our experience, patients feel better-equipped to make that adjustment when they have complete information, so in this article we’ll be going over some key things to know about spinal bracing to help get you ready for that change.
- It’s Used for Many Reasons- One of the first things to know about spinal bracing is that it is used to treat a variety of conditions. Those with spinal deformities such as scoliosis may be prescribed a brace to prevent worsening of the spinal curvature, while those who have suffered an injury may wear one to reduce movement and prevent exacerbating the fracture or strain.
- Braces Come in Different Types- Another thing that we at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics want you to know about spinal bracing is that braces fall into two broad categories, soft and rigid. Soft braces are designed to support weakened muscles during movement—one example is a soft cervical spine collar, which is made of dense foam and is worn to support the neck. Rigid braces, on the other hand, are designed to restrict movement, and are often worn to correct improper curvature or to immobilize fractured bones so that they’ll heal properly.
- An Orthotist Will Adjust Your Brace- When you need a spinal brace, it’s essential that it fit exactly right. To ensure that your brace is perfectly fitted to your body, an orthotist will size, fit, and adjust the brace. Our team members here at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics include orthotist and orthotic fitters, and our goal is to make sure that your brace provides the support you need while also maximizing comfort and convenience.