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Using a spinal brace

What is a spinal brace?

A spinal brace is made from thermoplastic material and lined with a material suitable for children. It fastens with Velcro straps.

What is it for?

A spinal brace is provided to control and support the spine and pelvis.

How should it be put on?

The orthotist will show you how to put the brace on when it is given to you.

When putting the brace on your child, it is important to make sure that the waist of the brace fits exactly to your child’s waist. The straps on the brace must be fastened firmly to make sure that the brace does not slip down.

The brace must be worn over a cotton T-shirt or vest. Any excess material should be gathered at the opening of the brace to avoid folds under the brace.

How long should the brace be worn?

The orthotist will tell you how often your child should wear the brace and how long for.

How should the skin be cared for?

You should check your child’s skin regularly, particularly in the first few days as it can get sore.

The skin will gradually build up a resistance to the brace.

Do not apply any ointment or tape to the skin under the brace. Any break or blistering or significant redness of the skin surface must be reported to the orthotist for attention and advice.

How should the brace be cleaned?

The brace can be cleaned with a mixture of warm water and liquid shampoo or soap, and needs to be dried with a hair dryer. The lining material will not absorb water so it is easily dried.


It is most important that you stick to the instructions your orthotist gives you. It is vital that your child wears it continuously. If you think your child is outgrowing the brace please contact the orthotic department for a review appointment.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: ORT2

Resource Type: Article

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