A spinal brace (which your doctor may refer to as an orthotic or orthosis) can accomplish a number of treatment goals. It can limit motion, stabilize weak or injured spinal structures, and/or prevent the progression of spinal deformity. Because it's such a multi-purpose treatment, bracing may benefit many spinal conditions. This article describes the common back and neck conditions that may be treated with a brace.
If you'd like more general information on spinal braces, such as their purpose and the differences between the types of braces, please read our article about spinal bracing.
If your doctor believes that spinal bracing may help treat your condition, he or she will refer you to a certified orthotist. An orthotist is trained in the design and fit of braces, so he or she will determine the right type and fit of brace for you. It's essential that the fit of the brace is customized. A spinal brace is not as effective if it doesn't have the proper fit. If you have questions about your spinal brace and how it might help your spinal condition, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor or orthotist.