When you visit our practice for treatment, orthopedic spine specialist Dr. Frazier may recommend that you wear a brace. Some patients find braces uncomfortable or inconvenient, but they serve a very important purpose. Braces are used to immobilize and support the spine. Sometimes they are also used to correct spinal deformity. We want you to understand how valuable spinal bracing can be to your recovery.
Braces are external devices that support the spine’s muscular and bony structures. Braces are categorized as rigid or soft. Rigid braces are used to restrict movement, while soft, elastic-type braces provide muscular support while allowing movement. Commonly used braces include:
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Formerly St. Luke’s-Roosevelt
Hospital in Manhattan
Formerly Lenox Hill Hospital