Spinal orthosis refers to specialized bracing of the spine. This is typically performed in an attempt to reduce painful movements and reduce the risk for spinal injury.
Special rigid braces are also used for the care and treatment of scoliosis. The most common area for the application of spinal bracing is the low back.
The risks associated with long term or chronic bracing includes spinal muscular deconditioning or weakening. The appropriate brace applied for the right period of time may promote tissue recovery without undue risk for reinjury in some cases.
Spinal bracing is used after operations for fusion (permanent joining of the bones) of some parts of the spine.
Spinal bracing/support may also be used for a short period of time to help an individual develop appropriated body mechanics by limiting potentially harmful movements.