Using Your Corset LSO at Home
Your corset LSO (Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis)
helps to control your spinal posture, reduce
pain, prevent further injury and promote
Wearing your corset LSO
Your corset LSO prevents harmful motion in
your back. It should be uncomfortable when
you begin moving into positions you should
avoid. You should be able to do many
normal activities by yourself or with a little
help from caregivers or an assistive device.
Ask your doctor for detailed guidelines to
Planning for your trip home
Arrange for someone to drive you until you
feel comfortable and used to the constrained
motion in your corset LSO. Firm seats are
best so the back bottom edge of your corset
LSO is not pushed upward by seat cushions.
Bend at your hips and knees, but not your
back when getting into and out of a car,
sitting or standing.
Taking off your corset LSO
You must wear your corset LSO as ordered
by your doctor. You may find it helpful to
loosen the binding along both sides before
opening the front of your corset LSO. Be
careful not to twist or bend your back while
the corset LSO is off.
Putting on your corset LSO
Put on your corset LSO without twisting or
bending your back. Important: for correct
fit, keep corset in place and to get the most
out of its support, open the corset to its
widest point. Loosen the side laces that are
controlled by the straps. While lying on
your bed, roll onto the open corset. Draw
both sides around you and close the front
(velcro or zipper). Use the straps along both
sides to evenly pull the lacings snug. The
corset must be snug to give you good
support. If it is too loose it will “ride up”.
If your doctor has told you to wear your
corset LSO at all times when standing or
sitting, have sponge baths while lying on
your bed. Be careful not to twist or bend
your back while the corset LSO is off. Be
sure your skin is all dry before wearing the
corset LSO again for sitting or standing.
If your doctor allows you to shower without
the corset LSO, remove it just before
starting the water and put it on again as soon
as you dry off. While the corset LSO is off,
be careful not to twist or bend your back.
Put the corset LSO on before sitting or
Sleeping in the corset LSO
Your doctor will tell you if you should wear
your corset LSO while sleeping or lying
down. Any changes in your condition may
result in your doctor changing these
instructions over the course of your
Cleaning your corset LSO
To reduce the need for cleaning your corset
LSO, wear a clean cotton T-shirt under your
corset LSO to absorb any sweat or body oils
from your skin. To hand wash your corset
LSO, first remove the two metal stays from
the back. We do not advise machine
washing your corset LSO. Air dry your
corset or use a very low heat setting on your
dryer. The hook fastener areas will hold
best if all the lint is removed.
How long do I need to wear the corset
Your doctor will decide how long you need
to wear your corset LSO. Be sure to follow
your doctor’s advice, even if you feel better
and would like to stop wearing it sooner.
Your doctor will check your progress and
will decide what is in your best long-term
What should I do if my neurological
symptoms get worse?
If you have more numbness, tingling, pain
or are less able to move or do everyday
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