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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 healing.

Wearing your corset LSO
Your corset LSO prevents harmful motion in your
back. Do not move into uncomfortable positions.
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 you should follow.

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. Please do not drive while taking
oral pain medicines. 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. Do not 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. 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. Do not 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 standing.

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 treatment.

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 LSO?
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 interest.

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 activities, call
the number below.

Call 911 if you experience sudden onset of weakness or loss of bowel or bladder control.

Patients of the Neurosurgery Clinic: (608) 263-1410
Patients of the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Spine Clinic: (608) 265-3207

After hours, nights, weekends, and holidays, this will give you the paging operator. Ask for the
resident on call for your clinic. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The
doctor will call you back.

If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942 and ask for your clinic.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 11/2015 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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