Rehabilitation-Bracing as a Conservative Treatment Option

  • Lisa Marie RuppertEmail author
  • Michelle Yakaboski


The goals of rehabilitation efforts in the cancer setting include relieving symptoms, improving quality of life, enhancing functional independence, and preventing further complications. Achieving these goals involves an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team including physiatry, nursing, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, and case managers. Incorporation of a certified prosthetist/orthotist should also be included as bracing can represent a step in conservative rehabilitation care for selected patients. Many different off-the-shelf and custom bracing options are available. Selection of brace is based on a patient’s needs, medical and oncologic status, surgical status, and stability, goals, and mobility.


Kyphosis Scoliosis Low back pain Vertebral compression fracture Head cervical orthosis Cervicothoracic orthosis Soft cervical collar Thoracolumbosacral orthosis Lumbosacral orthosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Certified Prosthetist Orthotist at Boston Orthotics and ProstheticsStony BrookUSA

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