After a Spinal Cord Injury: Braces
This brace is a metal ring which goes around your head. It is attached
to the skull with four screws. You will be placed in a sheepskin-lined
vest. You must remain in the halo brace until the injury is healed, about
8-12 weeks. Sometimes, both surgery and a halo brace are needed.
Some patients are able to sit up, walk or begin rehabilitation while
wearing a halo brace.
For more information, ask your nurse for HFFY#5398.
A cervical collar is a rigid collar that goes around the
neck and prevents movement. It has front and back
pieces which are held together by Velcro®. You may
need surgery before you can use this collar. You will
remain in the collar all of the time until the injury has
healed, about 8-12 weeks.
For more information, ask your nurse for
This brace is a rigid collar that goes around your neck. It attaches to
a lined vest. This brace is not attached to your skull. You may have
surgery before you are given this brace. You must wear it all of the
time until your injury has healed, about 8-12 weeks.
For more information, ask your nurse for HFFY #5409.
This rigid brace is lined with foam and has a plastic shell. It
has front and back pieces which are held together by
Velcro®. A TSLO brace will prevent you from bending at
the waist or twisting your back. The staff will let you know
when it must be worn. Some need to wear it when out of
bed. Others need to wear it at all times. Your doctor will let
you know when you no longer need to wear it.
For more information, ask your nurse for HFFY #5390.
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