SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S NHS FOUNDATION TRUST GUIDE FOR USING A

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       GUIDE FOR USING A SPINAL BRACE                                                  Important
                                                                                       It is most important that the wearing regime is adhered to.

What is a spinal brace?                                                                Continuity of wear is vital.
A spinal brace is made from thermoplastic material and lined with a material
suitable for the child. It fastens with Velcro straps.                                 If you think your child is outgrowing the brace please contact the
                                                                                       orthotic department for a review appointment.
What is it for?
A spinal brace is provided to control and support the spine and pelvis.

How should it be put on?
The orthotist will show you how to put the brace on when it is supplied. When
putting on the brace, it is important to make sure that the waist of the brace fits
exactly to the child’s waist.

The straps on the brace must be fastened firmly to ensure that the brace does not
slip down.

The brace must be worn over a cotton T. shirt or vest. Any excess material
should be gathered at the opening of the brace to avoid folds under the brace.

How long should the brace be worn?
The orthotist will recommend a wearing regime.

How should the skin be cared for?
The skin should be regularly inspected, particularly in the first few days. The skin
will gradually build up a resistance to the brace.
Do not apply any ointment or tape to the skin under the brace.

Any break or blistering or significant redness of the skin surface must be reported
to the orthotist for attention and advice.

How should the brace be cleaned?
The brace can be cleaned with a mixture of warm water and liquid shampoo or
soap. And should be dried with a hair dryer. The lining material will not absorb
water so it is easily dried.
Information Leaflet number:                 64 (as06/12/06)
Author/Contact:                             Pat Robins

                                                              GUIDE FOR USING A
                                                                SPINAL BRACE




For Further advice contact:
        Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust,
            Main hospital number : 0114 271 7000

Patient Advice and Liaison Team
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Western Bank
Sheffield
S10 2TH
Tel: 0114 271 7594
Trust web site address:
http://www.sch.nhs.uk