Frequently Asked Questions on Rib Belt/Support

What is a Rib belt used for?

Rib bets or rib supports are applied post-surgery to help heal and support fractured or bruised ribs. These belts contours to your body forproviding compression with maximum comfort.

How do you know that you have a broken RIB?

Symptoms of a Typical cracked or bruised rib include pain when one breathes in, swelling or tenderness at the injury site and bruising.

What is the treatment for a broken rib?

A broken rib cannot be splinted therefore it must be left to heal naturally. But Pain management is crucial. Taking pain killers and wearing a rib support wrap can help with the pain. Another important aspect of successfully treating a rib injury is to make sure to breathe deeply so that the lungs fully expand. Failure to do so increases the risk of infection or pneumonia. If the Rib injury is very severe a rib surgery in a medical fascility is the only option.

What is a TLSO Brace?

A thoracolumbosacral or lumbosacral orthosis (TLSO/LSO) is a corset-style brace that is prescribed for use after surgery. It restricts the movement of the torso and is used to treat a variety of conditions, from compression fractures to laminectomies.

For how long should a TLSO brace be worn?

A TLSO brace will be worn for approximately 3 to 4 months after surgery. It should be worn whenever the patient is out of bed.