These are braces that are used in the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as degenerative disc disease, stenosis, and disc injury. They are also used to treat stable compression fractures. These braces usually combine padding with plastic stabilizers.
These braces are usually hard plastic with some padding added. They help stabilize a spine after surgery or when there is an unstable fracture that could damage the spinal cord.
These braces are generally worn by teenagers who have too much curvature of the spine. There are styles that are worn only at night (Providence, Charleston styles) and styles that are worn all the time (Boston style).