Braces allowing you to heal
These orthoses support the neck to prevent and help heal injuries to the neck and spine. There are various types of neck/cervical orthotics. Also, the neck braces come in various levels of rigidity. For example, a soft collar for less severe injuries and a semi-rigid collar for more severe injuries. These orthoses are used to help relieve and heal the symptoms of various injuries and diseases. The most rigid neck orthotic is then the Halo. This device holds the neck and head in place to prevent it from moving.
Types of neck orthoses
- Muscle spasms as a result of ankylosing spondylitis
- Acute torticollis
- Pain associated with degenerative diseases of the spine
Semi-rigid neck braces (Philadelphia Collar)
- Anterior discectomy
- Halo removal
- Anterior cervical fusion
- Cervical fractures
- Fractures in the thoracic region
- Post-operative after major cervical spine procedure
A Chest Compressor is a brace for the chest that treats various chest deformities. The compressor does this by applying pressure to an area so that the chest and also rib bones can realign. The areas these orthotics affect are the costal cartilage of the ribs a condition also known as pectus carinatum. This disease is known to develop in boys during puberty alongside other conditions including scoliosis and kyphosis.
Cervical thoracic orthosis (CTO) is an orthotic device that goes around the neck and the chest to support the neck and chest area. These devices are also used after surgery. In particular surgery for ankylosing spondylitis. These devices are often used in conjunction with Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthosis (TLSO) and also Jewett braces.
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WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
Your First Visit
Meeting your Specialist
If you have a prescription from your doctor, be sure to bring it with you.
Be prepared to discuss your medical history and also talk about your goals and expectations. We will also complete a physical assessment and try out a variety of orthotics to see what best meets your needs.
Please dress comfortably and bring shorts. We may need to measure, cast or use 3D-scanning to customize your fit and maximize comfort.