Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbosacral Orthoses (2023)

Author(s): Laurentiu Iulius Dinescu, MD, Michael Crimmins, MD, Maksim Shmargun, MD, Shruti Amin, MD

Originally published: November 5, 2012 Last updated: October 21, 2021

Overview and Description

Spinal orthoses are mechanical systems prescribed to apply external pressure at specific anatomical points to immobilize, support or correct spinal deformities. Numerous types of spinal orthoses are available for the cervical, thoraco-lumbar, and sacral spine. Because of the anatomical design of the spine, direct external application of pressure is limited to the central posterior spine. The cranium, rib cage and/or pelvis are used to exert indirect control. Spinal orthoses increase perception of one’s own body posture via biofeedback and therefore may lead to improved posture.1

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  • Soft tissue injuries, e.g., cervical whiplash, muscular strain, and metastatic cancer pain
  • Post-trauma in setting of spinal fractures
  • Post-operative control of fractures
  • Post-surgical care after spinal fusion or reconstruction
  • To correct, control, or delay progression of spinal deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, or other neuromuscular caused deformities 2


  • Stabilize spinal structures
  • Maintain or correct spinal alignment
  • Control spinal motion
  • Off-load spinal elements
  • Prevent or correct deformities/contractures
  • Support weak muscles
  • Aid in pain relief
  • Provide biofeedback to correct posture/positioning


  • Supportive orthoses are typically used for temporary pain control by:
    • protecting the muscles and joints of the injured spinal region,
    • preventing or correcting malformations,
    • limiting painful range of motion, ³
    • providing kinesthetic feedback.
  • Immobilization orthoses are primarily used for:
    • spinal trauma, with or without surgical intervention, as well as
    • post-spinal reconstruction surgeries, including fusions.
  • Corrective orthoses are frequently prescribed in pediatrics to address scoliosis or kyphosis that is idiopathic or secondary to neuromuscular disease.

Conditions potentially warranting orthotic treatment:

  • Cervical or lumbar sprain/strain
  • Torticollis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, or spondylosis 4
  • Stable fractures, post-surgical stabilization and/or fusion
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kyphosis or scoliosis
  • Arthritic conditions: inflammatory or non-inflammatory, osteoarthritis
  • Paralysis from neuromuscular disease, tetraplegia

Potential complications associated with Spinal Orthotic use:

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  • Loss of skin integrity
  • Weakening of axial muscles
  • Soft tissue contracture formation
  • Physiological and/or psychological dependence 2

Relevance to Clinical Practice

General Considerations

  • Orthoses serve their purpose by applying force in the correct body areas. Contact between the orthosis and the patient’s body is proportional to control and pressure distribution.
  • Forces can vary due to body habitus and patient movement or positioning. 5
    • Fitting obese patients can be challenging, as the ability to control the spine through extensive soft tissue is limited.
    • Cachectic patients may have problems with fit due to limited soft tissue over pressure points and bony prominences. Skin irritation or even ulceration may occur; diligence in fitting and monitoring is essential.
  • There are differences between spinal orthoses for pediatric and adult populations. ⁶
    • While they use similar materials, the proposed mechanism of action is different.
    • Adult spines are more rigid than pediatric spines and are less responsive to external forces.
    • While there may be a potential to regulate adolescents’ spinal growth, the goal of adult bracing is to apply external forces to the spine and trunk to temporarily improve spinal alignment.
    • Spinal orthoses relieve symptoms that accompany postural deviation by moving a patient’s spine and trunk into the best possible alignment.
  • No spinal orthosis achieves complete immobilization of the spine.
    • The halo achieves the best control, but “snaking”, or movement, in the cervical spine still occurs.
    • The Philadelphia or similar cervical orthosis requires a thoracic extension for controlling C6-T5 (cervicothoracic junction).
    • Literature suggests to best immobilize the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels, a unilateral thigh extension is required on a rigid lumbosacral orthosis.7
  • As their main purpose is to immobilize and support the spine, it is important to remember that orthoses may interfere with mobility and activities of daily living.
  • Spinal orthoses should be prescribed judiciously, typically in conjunction with a rehabilitation treatment program fostering patient independence and minimizing the potential of their adverse effects.

Choosing an orthosis:

  • No specific criteria are available for determining when or which orthosis is indicated. The clinician must first diagnose the underlying condition and decide if orthotic treatment is required. The planes of actual or potential spine malalignment should guide the clinician towards choosing the proper sagittal or coronal control system.
  • If an orthosis is deemed appropriate, the goals need to be clear to the patient and the orthotist. Treatment goals may include stabilizing spinal structures, limiting motion, off-loading spinal elements, correcting alignment, and/or providing support and pain relief or a combination of these.
  • The various contraindications and the biomechanical effect of each orthosis need to be considered as well.
  • Additionally, it is crucial to discuss the duration that the orthotic will be used.

Flexible Orthoses:

  • Consider flexible orthoses such as soft collars or corsets for pain control in a stable spine.
  • Ideally, these devices are coupled with a rehabilitation plan that includes time-limited use, ROM, exercise, and mobility.
  • Soft flexible orthoses may be used for osteoarthritis, degenerative disc or spine disease, sprains, or inflammatory arthritis.

Rigid Orthoses:

  • Used for spinal stabilization; soft flexible orthoses are contraindicated in an unstable spine.
  • The stability of the vertebral column must be ascertained in trauma or spinal fractures. If the fracture does not require surgical stabilization, a more rigid and motion-limiting orthosis is indicated.
    • Halo orthosis is indicated for stable high cervical spinal fractures or unstable cervical spine fractures that do not require surgery and it has better motion control than Minerva orthosis. It is contraindicated in the presence of skull fractures or skull wounds that would be located near the site of pin placement.
    • A thoraco-lumbosacral semi-rigid total contact orthosis (TLSO, “body jacket”, “turtle shell”) provides total contact and limits flexion, extension, and rotation of the thoracolumbar spine, but does not provide control above C7.

Cervical Orthoses (CO):

  • The cervical spine is the most mobile part of the spine with multiple planes of motion and degrees of freedom, which are relevant to the fitting, use and prescription of a cervical orthosis. Additionally, the surface area is small and the amount of external force that can be applied is limited.
  • Types of COs include: cervical collars, cervicothoracic orthoses (CTO), halo or similar type of orthoses.
  • COs achieve the previously mentioned goals, but some are designed to redistribute the weight of the head to the trunk.
  • Examples of COs from the least to the most-restrictive include: soft collar, Philadelphia/ Aspen/ Miami J/ Malibu, SOMI (Sternal-Occipital-Mandibular Immobilizer), Four-poster, Minerva, Halo/ Halovest.2
  • Although soft COs are commonly used in clinical practice, there is no evidence that supports their use for axial neck pain or whiplash injury. In acute whiplash, using a soft CO delays return to work, when compared to patients who were prescribed exercise only. 8 Early mobilization was superior to soft collar immobilization in cervical soft tissue injuries. 9

Lumbosacral (LSO) and Thoraco-Lumbosacral Orthoses (TLSO):

  • Generally categorized into either corsets, jackets, hyperextension, hyperflexion, or rigid braces.
  • These are 3-point force control systems that place pressure on pathological curves. Most TLSO allow for extension and limited rotation of the spine and are composed of two anterior supports counterbalanced by a rigid posterior support.
  • An additional abdominal compression reduces the longitudinal spinal forces, lumbar lordosis, and intervertebral joint motion, thereby off-loading the intervertebral discs. The pelvis serves as the base of alignment. Pressure over the bony prominences provides a kinesthetic reminder to maintain or correct posture.
  • Examples of LSO and TLSO:
    • Jewett TLSO – diamond shaped, with anterior pads on the sternum and lower abdomen and a posterior padded strap
    • CASH (Cruciform Anterior Spinal Hyperextension) TLSO – cross shaped, with an anterior rigid vertical frame contacting the sternal notch and the hypogastrium, a horizontal midsection support with lateral pads over the flanks, and a back-support pad
    • LSO – commonly prescribed in outpatient clinics as soft corsets, belts, or rigid braces, wrap around the abdomen to provide compression, can come with adjustable/ removable side and back panels
    • Williams Flexion LSO – one of the few flexion orthoses, prevents excessive lordosis through posterior thoracic and pelvic rigid bands counterbalanced by an anterior abdominal elastic band which allows flexion; limits lateral bending through lateral and oblique bars; indicated for spondylolisthesis, lumbar stenosis, or facet arthropathy
    • Scoliosis TLSO Body Jacket – uses 3-4 biomechanical forces, generally designed to help correct scoliotic spine with an apex below T7

Cervical-Thoraco-Lumbosacral Orthoses (CTLSO):

  • Milwaukee brace – contoured pelvic girdle CTLSO with three uprights to an occipital pad and a chin piece, with additional lumbar and thoracic pads suspended from the uprights.
    • Used primarily for correction of deformity due to idiopathic scoliosis. It is indicated in a skeletally immature child with a Cobb angle of 20 degrees or greater.
    • The efficacy of bracing appears to be directly related to the number of hours/day that the brace is worn.10
    • Wearing a Milwaukee brace for 23 hours appears to be the most effective for treatment of moderate scoliosis.11
    • Periodic X-rays are used to monitor change in the spinal curvature. In one meta-analysis, the weighted mean proportion of success was 0.93, 0.62, and 0.60 for 23, 16, and 8 hours of wear per day, respectively.12
    • It immobilizes the thoracolumbar spine and provides corrective forces to the spine. Using the ribs as stabilizers, thoracic forces are applied superiorly and medially with thoracic pads.
    • Patient compliance is a problem because of bulk, size, and unattractiveness of the orthosis.
    • Patients often overestimate the time they actually spend in an orthosis. The efficacy also appears to be related to sex (decreased in males), and weight, with decreased efficacy in overweight patients.10

Sacral and Sacroiliac Orthoses (SIO):

  • Trochanteric band and sacroiliac corsets are the most commonly used.
  • They offer minimal support but may provide sufficient proprioceptive feedback to avoid painful motions and reduce fear of motion.
  • Sacroiliac belts have been shown to improve sacroiliac pain.13
  • The use of a sacroiliac belt may decrease the shearing force across the sacroiliac joint and reduce stress across the surrounding muscles surrounding the joint.14
  • Rapid weaning from a belt is recommended to prevent dependence and muscular weakness resulting from overreliance and core muscle atrophy.
  • Prescribed in the setting of sacroiliac dysfunction or low back pain during pregnancy.8

Social and Economic Factors

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  • Wearing orthoses has potential interference with ADLs, school, or work. Many devices are cumbersome and unattractive, which negatively impacts patient compliance.
  • Some patients become psychologically dependent on the device and wear the orthosis long after it is no longer needed.
  • Psychosocial studies of adult scoliosis patients wearing orthoses have shown limitations in social relationships due to fear of injury, self-consciousness, or physical difficulty in participating in activities.11
  • Spinal orthoses may not be well tolerated in some conditions, such as hot, humid climates.
  • One study showed an increase in compliance if there was an electronic monitoring device within the TLSO.15
  • Efforts have been geared towards improving the comfort of the materials used and reducing the weight of the orthosis, while maintaining stability. 16
  • Most commercially available spinal orthoses in the United States have not been tested in a standardized fashion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies spinal orthoses as Class I devices, meaning that the use of the device has been deemed “low risk” and thus has low regulatory control. FDA clearance is not required before production or sales in the medical device market.
  • Commercial prefabricated orthoses may be more economical; however, they may have limitations of less intimate fit, less control, and need for modifications. They are often more complex in design, e.g., more strapping to accommodate various body shapes.

Cutting Edge/Unique Concepts/Emerging Issues

Studies are in their early stages utilizing spinal imaging (MRI or CT scans), typically done at the time of injury, to design and fit a custom orthosis for the individual.

There is a growing movement in the orthotics industry to employ laser scanners, computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), coupled with advanced software to measure and fabricate orthoses, thereby increasingly eliminating casting and other labor-intensive approaches.10,17

Gaps in Knowledge/Evidence Base

In general, research is lacking in regard to indications when to use and when not to use spinal orthoses. Furthermore, the research that is available shows significant contradictory stances.

  • For example, it is generally accepted that stable thoracolumbar burst fractures should be treated conservatively with spinal bracing and physical therapy, rather than surgical fixation. A study with a 16 to 22 year follow-up shows evidence to support this treatment plan despite other studies that are shown to favor surgical fixation.16,18 Additionally, in the same subset of stable fractures there have been trials that support no bracing and early ambulation, rather than with just bracing.19,20
  • The literature also has conflicting results about the deconditioning effects of orthoses on the paraspinal muscles: some studies suggest the muscles get stronger, while others suggest that they get weaker, and even other suggest that there is no change in the strength of the supportive musculature.16,21,22
  • Other studies have looked at the effect of post-operative bracing after surgical fixation. Again, these have yielded results that either recommend against bracing or find no difference in outcomes between those with bracing and those without following surgery.16,23

Despite the growing field of cancer rehabilitation, evidence-based guidance around how to correctly position and when to mobilize patients with metastatic spine disease is lacking. It is unknown if spinal orthoses are effective for pain control and improving quality of life in metastatic disease.

Few randomized control trials (RCTs) are published to document efficacy of spinal orthoses according to evidence-based medicine criteria. Areas of needed study include: 1) determining the efficacy of cervical and upper thoracic immobilization after surgery; 2) development of more effective non-invasive immobilization of the unstable cervical spine; 3) efficacy in the treatment of osteoporosis; and 4) developing guidelines with indications for and against use of spinal orthoses.

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  2. O’Young B, Young MA, Stiens SA. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Secrets. Mosby; 2008.
  3. Choo YJ, Chang MC. Effectiveness of orthoses for treatment in patients with spinal pain. Yeungnam Univ J Med. 2020;37(2):84-89.
  4. Panteliadis P, Nagra NS, Edwards KL, Behrbalk E, Boszczyk B. Athletic Population with Spondylolysis: Review of Outcomes following Surgical Repair or Conservative Management. Global Spine J. 2016;6(6):615-25.
  5. Rohlmann A, Zander T, Graichen F, Bergmann G. Effect of an orthosis on the loads acting on a vertebral body replacement. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2013;28(5):490-4.
  6. McAviney J, Mee J, Fazalbhoy A, Du Plessis J, Brown BT. A systematic literature review of spinal brace/orthosis treatment for adults with scoliosis between 1967 and 2018: clinical outcomes and harms data. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020;21(1):87.
  7. Fidler MW, Plasmans CM. The effect of four types of support on the segmental mobility of the lumbosacral spine. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1983;65(7):943-947.
  8. Crawford JR, Khan RJ, Varley GW. Early management and outcome following soft tissue injuries of the neck: a randomized control trial. Injury. 2004;35(9):891-895.
  9. Zarghooni K, Beyer F, Siewe J, Eysel P. The orthotic treatment of acute and chronic disease of the cervical and lumbar spine. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013;110(44):737-42.
  10. O’Neill PJ, Karol LA, Shindle MK, et al. Decreased orthotic effectiveness in overweight patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005;87:1069.
  11. Misterska E, Głowacki J, Głowacki M, Okręt A. Long-term effects of conservative treatment of Milwaukee brace on body image and mental health of patients with idiopathic scoliosis. PLoS One. 2018;13(2):e0193447.
  12. Nachemson AL, Peterson LE. Effectiveness of treatment with a brace in girls who have adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. A prospective, controlled study based on data from the Brace Study of the Scoliosis Research Society. 1995;77(6):815.
  13. Schmidt GL, Bhandutia AK, Altman DT. Management of Sacroiliac Joint Pain. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018;26(17):610-616.
  14. Hammer N, Möbius R, Schleifenbaum S, et al. Pelvic Belt Effects on Health Outcomes and Functional Parameters of Patients with Sacroiliac Joint Pain [published correction appears in PLoS One. 2015;10(10):e0140090]. PLoS One. 2015;10(8):e0136375.
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  16. Rizza R, Liu X, Thometz J, Tassone C. Comparison of biomechanical behavior between a cast material torso jacket and a polyethylene based jacket. Scoliosis. 2015;10(Suppl 2):S15.
  17. Cobetto N, Aubin CE, Parent S, et al. Effectiveness of braces designed using computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and finite element simulation compared to CAD/CAM only for the conservative treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a prospective randomized controlled trial. Eur Spine J. 2016;.
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  19. Kim HJ, Yi JM, Cho HG, et al. Comparative study of the treatment outcomes of osteoporotic compression fractures without neurologic injury using a rigid brace, a soft brace, and no brace: a prospective randomized controlled non-inferiority trial. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014;96(23):1959-66.
  20. Bailey CS, Urquhart JC, Dvorak MF, et al. Orthosis versus no orthosis for the treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures without neurologic injury: a multicenter prospective randomized equivalence trial. Spine J. 2014;14(11):2557-64.
  21. Schwab F. Treatment with or without an Orthosis is Equivalent for Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture without Neurologic Injury. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015;97(16):1374.
  22. Valentin GH, Pedersen LN, Maribo T. Wearing an active spinal orthosis improves back extensor strength in women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2014;38(3):232-8.
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What is a cervical thoracic lumbosacral orthoses? ›

Condition: Cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral orthoses are devices/braces that may help relieve pain caused by problems in the spine. They are also used to restrict movement in people with back/neck injuries or after spinal surgery.

What is a cervical thoracic orthosis used for? ›

What is a cervical thoracic orthosis (CTO)? A CTO is a cervical collar (neck brace) that has an extension support to also protect the thoracic spine. It limits movement whilst providing you with support and can also provide some pain relief.

What is an example of a lumbosacral orthosis? ›

Two types of lumbosacral orthoses are prescribed to patients: a soft fabric lumbar support, often constructed with metal or plastic struts to provide support for the lumbar region of the spine; or a moulded plastic Spinal Jacket. These can be off-the-shelf or custom made to suit the patient needs.

What levels are TLSO braces for? ›

TLSOs are utilized to address spinal pathologies from approximately the T6 to the L3–4 region. An overshoulder overlap may allow control of the T4–5 levels, and a cervical extension addition to the TLSO is recommended for more definitive control above the T6 level.

Do you have to wear a brace after thoracic spine surgery? ›

Following a spinal fusion surgery, the TSLO back brace can provide additional mechanical spine stabilization, and may need to be worn for several months. While you need not sleep with the brace on, it's recommended that you wear it if you're up for more than 10 minutes at a time.

What is the difference between cervical thoracic and lumbar? ›

The key difference between cervical thoracic and lumbar vertebrae is their location. Cervical vertebrae are in the neck region while thoracic vertebrae are in the thorax (chest region) and lumbar vertebrae are in the lower back region. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 thoracic vertebrae, and 5 lumbar vertebrae.

What precautions should be taken when wearing cervical orthosis? ›

Keep your head and neck in a neutral position (nose in-line with belly button, chin level). Do not bend your neck forward, backward or side- ways. Be very careful not to move your neck while this is done. Remove the collar by undoing the Velcro straps.

What is the function of lumbosacral orthosis? ›

Lumbosacral orthoses (LSOs) are commonly used for the treatment of low back pain (LBP) (1). Despite the great amount of disagreement on the clinical efficacy of orthoses, these devices have been reported to reduce pain and disability in recent clinical trials (2-4).

What is a cervical thoracic brace called? ›

A halo device is the most rigid of all neck braces. It prevents the head and neck from moving, and it may be necessary to immobilize the spine after a major cervical spine procedure or to stabilize fractures in the cervical and/or thoracic regions. Halo bracing is a form of spinal traction.

What is the difference between brace and orthosis? ›

Depending on the area, osteoarthritis can change the alignment of joints. Braces and orthoses are devices that you wear to support your knee joint. Orthoses are insoles that fit comfortably inside your shoes. Braces are made of combinations of metal, foam, plastic, elastic material and straps.

Which orthosis is used for low back pain? ›

Spinal orthoses may be used as an adjunctive treatment for various conditions that can cause low back pain, including vertebral fractures, facet joint arthritis, degenerative intervertebral discs, scoliosis, neuromuscular disease, spinal cord injury, and myofascial and ligamentous injuries.

What is the treatment for lumbosacral? ›

Physical Therapy – Exercise is a good way to treat your lumbar spine pain, but oftentimes targeted physical therapy is better. Working with your doctor or a licensed physical therapist can ensure that the stretches and exercises you're performing are strengthening your spine and actively working to heal your spine.

Do you sleep in a TLSO brace? ›

You do not need to wear the brace in bed. It is important to remove the brace at night to give your skin time to recover from the pressure of wearing it during the day.

How many hours a day should I wear my TLSO brace? ›

A thoracic-lumbro-sacral orthosis (TLSO) is a body brace designed to slow the progression of spine deformities. It is worn over an under- shirt to protect the skin, but under your clothes. It is worn 22-23 hours per day.

How long should you wear a TLSO brace? ›

This orthosis (brace) is used to restrict movement of the mid and lower spine while it heals. Your surgeon will decide how long you are required to wear the TLSO, usually 10 to 12 weeks. Wear your TLSO on top of a snug t-shirt or undershirt.

How do you sleep after thoracic spine surgery? ›

Doctors recommend sleeping on your back or your side as you heal from spine surgery. Sleeping on your belly is generally not recommended because your spine is not in a neutral position for a prolonged period. Consider wearing satin pajamas to bed to help it make it easier for you to adjust your sleeping position.

What is the best way to sleep after thoracic surgery? ›

Sleeping On Your Back

When it comes to sleep, the best way to reduce pain and your risk of developing a post-procedural complication is to sleep on your back with a pillow placed under your knees. This provides the cervical and thoracic spine with much-needed support, which may ease your post-surgery pain.

How do you wipe after back surgery? ›

While wiping, bend from the knees rather than at the hips. A long- handled device may help to reach all areas. 4. The use of pre-moistened, flushable wipes is strongly recommended.

How many cervical thoracic and lumbar spine are there? ›

Seven bones in the neck—the cervical spine. 12 bones in the chest—the thoracic spine. Five bones in the lower back—the lumbar spine.

What does the cervical thoracic and lumbar make up? ›

The spine has three normal curves: cervical, thoracic and lumbar. There are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck, 12 thoracic vertebrae in the torso and five lumbar vertebrae in the lower back.

What is the size of the cervical thoracic and lumbar vertebrae? ›

Usually there are 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral and 4 caudal (coccygeal) vertebrae. In humans, the length of the vertebral column is 71 cm in males and 61 cm in females. This diagram shows the curvatures associated with the different regions of the human vertebral column.

How do you sleep with neck support? ›

Use a small pillow underneath the head and neck (not shoulders) to keep everything in alignment. Even better, a small cylindrical pillow in the crook of your neck supports your neck and keeps your head neutral on the mattress. Do note, though, that this sleeping position can cause some people to snore.

How long do you have to wear a neck brace after spinal surgery? ›

You will wear the brace after surgery until your spine has healed or fused, a period that can range from 4 weeks to 6 months. If you are fitted for your brace prior to surgery, practice taking the brace on and off to increase your familiarity with it.

How much does a lumbosacral orthosis cost? ›

These products are commonly used to treat mild degenerative disc disease, arthritis, mild disc herniations, sprains/strains, and more. A lumbosacral support will range in price from $65 - $110 depending on the particular style of brace and its unique patient features. Search below to find your favorite model.

Can lumbosacral orthoses cause trunk muscle weakness? ›

Abstract. Weakening of the trunk muscles is thought to be one disadvantage of prolonged lumbar orthotic use.

Is L5 S1 considered lumbosacral? ›

What are the L5 & S1 vertebrae? Also known as the lumbosacral joint, the L5-S1 spinal motion segment is the transition region between the lumbar and lower back sacral spine. Within this region, the curvature of the spine changes from forward curve (lumbar lordosis) to backward curve (sacral kyphosis).

Why do surgeons wear neck braces? ›

Some surgeons never have their patients use them -- even to stabilize the neck after a fusion procedure. Others use them to provide support and security for the patient but don't consider them really necessary. And when asked in a survey at least half of the surgeons fell somewhere in between those two opinions.

What is the most restrictive cervical orthosis? ›

The sternal plate is strapped to the thoracic plate and the occipital plate is strapped to the mandibular plate. Of this group of orthoses, the four-post version is the most restrictive, particularly to neck extension.

What's the difference between a hard neck brace and a soft neck brace? ›

Soft collars are flexible and composed of polyurethane foam rubber. It is easily wrapped around the neck and secured with a Velcro strap for support. Rigid collars are composed of hard polyethylene covered by a soft pad for patient comfort.

What is the most commonly used orthosis? ›

(1) Background: ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is the most commonly prescribed orthosis to patients with foot drop, and ankle and foot problems.

What are the three types of orthoses? ›

There are three common types of orthotics known as soft, rigid, and semi-rigid.

How long should you wear orthosis? ›

Suggested Wearing Schedule:

Day 1 – Wear 1 hour on, 1 hour off, up to 3 times a day. Day 2 – Wear 2 hours on, 1 hour off, up to 3 times a day. Day 3 – Wear 3 hours on, 1 hour off, up to 2 times a day. Day 4 – Wear 4 hours on, 1 hour off, up to 2 times a day.

How long should you wear a back brace during the day? ›

It is important to note, that back braces are not meant to be worn all the time. Listed below are some activities which maybe appropriate to wear a brace however it is not meant to be worn more than about 2 hours daily. Excessive use of a back brace can actually lead to muscle atrophy and weakening of your core.

Will a back brace help with degenerative disc disease? ›

In the case of DDD, a back brace is often recommended. When a spinal disc begins to break down or herniate, a rigid or semi-rigid back brace can help stabilize and reduce micro-motions at the affected spinal segment.

How long should you wear a back brace for lower back pain? ›

Muscle tension and strain.

Additionally, heat from the brace can help relax tense muscles, contributing to pain relief. A back brace for muscle injury or weakness is generally not recommended for longer than 2 to 4 days.

What is the disability rating for lumbosacral? ›

§ 4.71a, Diagnostic Codes 5295- 5293. Lumbosacral strain is assigned a disability rating in the Schedule under Diagnostic Code 5295. Severe lumbosacral strain is given a 40 percent rating. See 38 C.F.R.

What should you not do with cervical spinal stenosis? ›

High-impact activities: Activities that involve high-impact, such as jumping, running, or contact sports, should be avoided as they can cause further injury to the spine. Heavy lifting: Heavy lifting can put a lot of stress on your spine and exacerbate your symptoms.

What are the symptoms of L5 nerve compression? ›

A pinched L5 nerve root usually results in radiating pain in the foot. This pain can come in the form of numbness, tingling, weakness and shooting and is commonly felt in the big toe, inside of the foot, top of the foot and ankle. Radiculopathy of the L5 nerve may also cause loss of coordination in the foot and toes.

Should I lay down with my back brace on? ›

Basic rules for wearing your back brace

You do not need to wear your back brace when you are lying down, unless your surgeon told you to do so. Always put your brace on before you get out of bed. Your brace always has to be on before you sit or stand up.

Can I drive while wearing a TLSO brace? ›

While wearing the TLSO: Do not drive or lift anything heavier than 10 pounds until cleared by your doctor. Do not sit for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Get up and change positions frequently. You can walk for exercise and you can walk up and down stairs.

Can you walk with a TLSO? ›

The TLSO is worn to support your back when sitting and walking. The TLSO is generally not worn when lying flat in bed.

What are the disadvantages of a TLSO brace? ›

Disadvantages to Bracing

Without the flexibility to bend the torso, breathing is restricted and exercise is difficult, if not impossible. You can't dance, play sports, or move easily while wearing a brace.

How do you shower with a TLSO brace? ›

Your TLSO brace is waterproof: Shower with your brace on. Remove brace after showering, dry and then reapply. It is best to shower just before going to bed to allow the brace to dry overnight.

How effective is a TLSO brace? ›

The efficacy of TLSO bracing remains controversial within the current literature, with several studies showing that prolonged brace use is associated with diminished lung capacity, skin breakdown, and paraspinal muscular atrophy, with no significant difference in pain and functional outcomes between patients treated ...

How do I wean off my TLSO brace? ›

Remove the thoracolumbosacral orthosis brace (TSLO) while sleeping. TLSO off 1 hour, 3 times a day with at least 2 hours between. Quiet activities only. TLSO off 1½ hour, 3 times per day with at least 2 hours in between.

Can you wear a brace too much? ›

Wearing a brace too long can be counterproductive. If a brace is worn too long, that can cause muscle weakening (atrophy) and de-conditioning of the surrounding ligaments, joints, and muscles; especially if daily exercises to strengthen the area are not done.

What are orthoses for cervical spine? ›

Cervical orthoses treat multiple types of neck injuries and conditions while permitting the wearer to be mobile. Designed to control head movement and neck function, cervical orthoses vary greatly in the degree to which they immobilize the neck and unload head weight.

What is meant by cervical orthosis? ›

Cervical orthoses are classified as collars or post orthoses. Collars encircle the neck with fabric, resilient material, or rigid plastic. A few collars also encompass the chin and posterior head for slightly greater restraint. The most common collar is made of soft material and provides minimal restraint (Fig.

What is the difference between orthoses and brace? ›

Depending on the area, osteoarthritis can change the alignment of joints. Braces and orthoses are devices that you wear to support your knee joint. Orthoses are insoles that fit comfortably inside your shoes. Braces are made of combinations of metal, foam, plastic, elastic material and straps.

Is orthosis a brace? ›

Orthotic braces, or orthoses, are used to provide support to a weakened body part or joint. While many times they are worn for a short period of time, usually after an injury or surgery, some braces are used to address long term or chronic conditions.

Can I sleep wearing cervical collar? ›

Unless told otherwise, wear the collar whenever you are out of bed. You may take it off for sleep and for bathing. When lying down, support your neck with a small pillow or rolled-up towel under the neck. When adjusting your pillows, try to keep your neck in line with your upper back (neutral position).

What is the most common orthosis? ›

Articular orthoses, the most common type of fabricated orthoses, are those that cross one or more joints. Examples of articular orthoses include a wrist immobilization orthosis, proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint extension mobilization orthosis, and elbow flexion restriction orthosis.

What are examples of orthoses? ›

Examples of orthotic devices include knee braces, spinal braces, or finger splints that help to provide support for a variety of injured joints in the body. There are three main types of orthoses prescribed by physicians: lower body orthotics, upper body orthotics, and ambulatory devices.


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