Orthotics are a type of medical device used to aid in recovery and prevent future injuries. Traumatic spinal injuries, for example, may benefit from spinal orthoses, which are sometimes referred to as “braces” outside the medical community. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few of the ways that a spinal orthosis can help in recovery:
- Limits motion. After a major spinal injury, motion can greatly worsen the condition. That’s why paramedics are careful to put injured patients on backboards and stabilize the head, neck, and spine. During recovery, it’s still important to limit motion. For some spinal injuries, a simple cervical brace does just that while still allowing the patient to perform everyday tasks. For more severe injuries, a patient may need to be totally immobilized with the help of an orthosis. An orthotic device may allow movement in certain directions, but keeps the patient from moving in ways that will cause harm.
- Reduces strain. During recovery, it’s easy to exacerbate an injury or even cause a new one while attempting to take care of the existing condition. Spinal orthotics help relieve strain by giving extra support to the areas that need it.
- Stabilizes the back. Along with reducing strain, orthotics stabilize the back. This allows the injured area to heal without further wear or trauma, reducing the pain associated with severe musculoskeletal injuries.
- Retains heat. A secondary function of many orthotics is heat retention. The added heat may help with healing and reduce muscle spasms, making the patient feel more comfortable.
To learn more about spinal orthotics, contact Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics at (717) 337-2273. Along with a variety of orthoses, including lower and upper limb and foot orthotics, we also make custom prosthetics to help people live their lives to the fullest.