Executive Editor: Luiz Vialle General Editor: German Ochoa (in memoriam)

Authors: Alex Vaccaro, Frank Kandziora, Michael Fehlings, Rajasekaran Shanmughanathan

Thoracic and lumbar trauma - A1 Nonoperative treatment/ bracing

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Aftercare for nonoperative procedures

Thoracic and lumbar fractures: Aftercare for nonoperative treatment

Bracewear is considered an inconvenience for patients. In a strict sense, it should be worn 24 h a day to provide adequate immobilization.

For personal hygiene, the patient can stand with the help of a carer/assistant, who helps remove the brace without any bodily movement. The patient can then shower and dry themselves, with the carer then assisting with the reapplication of the brace.

Thoracic and lumbar fractures: Aftercare for nonoperative treatment

An intensive physical rehabilitation program needs to be established after removing the brace, especially for strengthening the abdominal muscles and the posterior vertebral muscles.

v1.0 2014-12-99