Braces can be grouped into two major categories: corrective and supportive.
Corrective braces are used for the treatment of scoliosis and other serious conditions. Most of these types of brace are custom manufactured in an orthotic lab, made to measure the patient specifically.
Spinal braces and supports are used for treatment of low back pain. Suck back braces are mainly for degenerative diseases and injuries of the lumbar spine. These braces can be divided into 3 groups: elastic, semi-elastic and the rigid support
A spinal brace does three things:
Immobilizes your spine during healing
Stabilizes injured areas
Controls pain by restricting movement
Braces, also called orthotics, are made from a variety of materials such as elastic cotton/nylon, foam rubber, and moulded plastic. An orthotist is a medical professional that specializes in making custom moulded braces, adjusting their fit, and providing tips for comfort and proper wear.
Braces can be worn on any section of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral) and are named for the area of the spine to which they are applied.
Common spine orthoses include:
Thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO)
Lumbar-sacral orthosis (LSO)
If you are member of the public and your back pain does not improve, please contact your GP for professional advice and treatment.