Lumbosacral and Dorsolumbar Braces
In the Beginning: When putting on the orthosis, always loosen all the straps to maximum looseness. The tag goes on the top and in the back.
Location: To be sure the corset is on properly, make sure that the lowest part of the front is just at or above your pubic bone. When snapping or hooking the corset, start at the bottom and move up. Standing in front of a mirror is helpful.
Adjustment: After the corset is completely closed, pull the side straps to adjust. Start from the bottom, work to the top.
Proper Fit: Remember, the corset needs to be snug to work best. This garment is made to position you in an upright sitting posture. It may not let you bend at the waist as you are accustomed. It may be difficult to sit on soft furniture.
Clothing: It is recommended that you wear a t-shirt, camisole or body sock under the corset.
Wear Schedule: The amount of time you will wear the corset will be determined by your physician and it is usually based on your diagnosis.
Cleaning: Wash by hand or machine wash (gentle cycle) using a mild soap. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines. If you machine wash, please remove the stays, paying special attention to how they are oriented. Hang to dry.
Proper Fit: Make sure that the indentation on the inside of the brace is just above the hip bones and in the waist area.
Redness: If you have localized redness, call your orthotist. If the redness is over a large area and it is pinker in color, this may be normal.
Movement: Don’t expect to be able to move in all directions or sit in all types of chairs. The orthosis is designed to limit some motions and positions. Very soft cushions (especially car seats) may push the device up. Firmer furniture may be more comfortable.
Clothing: Always wear a t-shirt or body sock under the brace. This provides a barrier between the skin and the plastic, along with absorbing moisture.
Wear Schedule: Gradually increase the wear of your new orthosis. In the beginning, wear it for a short period of time and take it off. Remove your t-shirt and check for redness you may not feel. Consult with your physician for specific wearing time.
Purpose: This brace is designed to keep you from bending/flexing in the mid to upper back area. It will still allow you to bend at your hips, and bend backwards, but not bend forward. It works by pushing on your chest, pubic bone and the middle of your back.
Proper Fit: The orthosis should be worn as snug as possible so it will keep your spine from flexing. By keeping it snug, it will also keep the orthosis from shifting on your body.
Pressure Relief: One of the most common complaints of the orthosis is the pressure on the chest bone. To simply relieve some of this pressure, place two pads or washcloths on each end of the sternal pad. This acts to bridge the sternal bone and push on the chest muscles.
Clothing: It is recommended that you wear a t-shirt or body sock under the orthosis. It will help absorb moisture and keep the plastic pads from sticking to the skin.
Cleaning: When your physician permits, the orthosis can get wet. The back pad may hold a small amount of water, but it will dry overnight. If not, a small towel between the pad and body will protect the back from moisture.