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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.
Realign the SpineIncorrect 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.Immobilize the SpineWhen 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.
Optimal treatment outcomes are dependent upon an optimal fit; therefore, a spinal orthosis is 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 System. Insignia is non-invasive, accurate three-dimensional model of the body. This quick, painless scan creates 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.
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