THORACIC ORTHOSES

Pectus Brace (Pectus Document)
Pectus has become the term used to describe an irregularly shaped chest. There are two types of Pectus defects: Carinatum and Excavatum. The chest is sometimes referred to in medical terms as the ‘chest wall’. The chest wall includes the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm
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Hyperextension Brace (Old Site)
NHYCO
Spinal hyperextension orthosis
Characteristics:

  • Strong, lightweight alliminium alloy frame

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  • Brace weighs less than 700g
  • Replaceable EVA padding, which is non-toxic, waterproof and latex-free
  • New “Plus” safety lock closure system, this is hardwearing and lightweight This feature makes it easier for the patient to don/doff the orthosis.
  • “Plus” system ensures the same lumbar pressure each time the brace is applied
  • Simple telescopic adjustment of the frame – no need to remove screws

Indications:

  • Flexion immobilization of thethoraco-lumbar spine
  • Post-operative immobilization
  • Hyperkyphosis
  • Sheuermann’s disease
  • Vertebral body fractures

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3-Point Hyperextension Brace (Old Site)
A 3-point hyperextension brace with delta-pectoral pads.
Indications:

  • Traumatic fractures
  • Osteomalacia with fractures

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  • Weakening of dorsal vertebrae and dorsal-lumbar passage due osteoporosis or metastasis
  • Dorsal- lumbar arthrosis
  • In place of a body cast
  • Lightweight aluminium construction
  • Deltapectoral pads designed for when a patient cannot tolerate the pressure on the sternum
  • It has a unique spring- controlled “floating” pelvic band that continually adjusts as the patient changes from a standing to a sitting position, without compromising the function of the brace.
  • Thoracolumbar pad can be positioned either horizontally or vertically
  • Aluminium bars are padded with a foam and vinyl covered.
  • Adjustable posterior straps

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These braces are not commonly used, and they are mainly concerned with fractures in the mid-back area. They are also sometimes used to treat fracture in the higher vertebrae of the lumbar region such as L1 and L2. For higher thoracic fractures a combination of a collar and a thoracic back brace is sometimes used, this is done to give greater control of the spine and minimize the risk of complications.

Less rigid thoracic braces are also sometime used for patients that struggle with postural conditions such Kyphosis. In this case the brace would be used to pull the patient’s shoulders back to improve their posture and reduce pain.