Spinal Orthoses

Steven S. Agabegi, MD, Ferhan A. Asghar, MD and Harry N. Herkowitz, MD J Am Acad Orthop Surg, Vol 18, No 11, November 2010

Abstract: External orthoses are used in the management of a variety of spinal disorders. Many types of brace are available to support the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine as well as junctional regions, which have special mechanical considerations. Many prefabricated and custom-made devices are available, mady by a variety of manufacturers in this unregulated area of medical practice. Despite the widespread use of spinal orthoses, evidence of their efficacy in managing many spinal conditions is lacking. The most compelling indication for their use is in the management of traumatic spine injury. However, studies evaluating the efficacy of spinal orthoses have several shortcomings; many have evaluated orthoses that are no longer used. Recent data provide general guidelines to help the clinician choose the appropriate device.

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