Information for patients
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You have been provided with a spinal/abdominal support by the Orthotics Service.
Please follow the instructions given to you at your clinical appointment, and use this information for further reference.
What is the function of a spinal/abdominal support?
A spinal support is a device that is worn around the trunk of your body and hips to provide support to your spinal column and pelvis.
Depending on your diagnosis and functional needs, your spinal support may be either a rigid or a fabric design.
Your prescribed spinal/abdominal support has been provided to meet your clinical needs and has been adapted by your clinician to treat your presenting symptoms.
Your device should only be used by you.
The aim of a spinal support is to:
• Support weak muscles
• Support vertebrae (bones of your spine)
• Reduce joint pain
• Control and support abdominal hernias
How often should I wear my device?
When provided with your prescribed spinal/abdominal support, it is important to increase your wear time gradually. You will need to allow your muscles and skin to adjust to the new support and corrective pressures being applied to the trunk of your body.
During your appointment, the Orthotist will have provided information regarding how you should wear the support.
However we would generally suggest to start wearing your support for approximately 30 minutes, and then gradually increasing this period of time each day by 30 minutes until you are able to wear daily with no concern.
How should I care for my device?
Your spinal/abdominal support should be worn over a close fitting cotton vest or t-shirt to prevent the risk of skin irritation and to reduce moisture.
Hygiene is very important when wearing a spinal/abdominal brace daily. By keeping your device clean you will minimise your risk of skin irritation and bacterial build up.
If you have been prescribed a fabric support, this can be hand washed with mild detergent and left to dry naturally. Please do not tumble dry.
Remember to monitor your skin for redness, soreness or inflammation daily. If you are concerned about any skin pressures or areas of tenderness, you should contact the Orthotics Service to arrange a review appointment.
How often will my prescription be reviewed?
Your spinal/abdominal support provision will not be reviewed routinely by the Orthotic department, however we advise that you contact to arrange a review appointment if the following applies:
• One year has passed since supply for general review
• You feel your device has worn and is no longer functioning effectively
• Your symptoms have returned
• You are concerned about a change in your condition
How do I contact the Orthotics Service?
Monday to Friday
Telephone: 01429 522471
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This leaflet has been produced in partnership with patients and carers. All patient leaflets are regularly reviewed, and any suggestions you have as to how it may be improved are extremely valuable. Please write to the Clinical Governance team, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of North Tees, TS19 8PE or:
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Leaflet Reference: PIL1417
Date for Review: 10/05/2026