Examples Of Halo Braces
A halo brace is used to stabilize your head and neck. It prevents your neck from moving. This keeps the head aligned with the spine and allows the bones in the neck to heal.
These instructions provide you with information about caring for yourself with a halo brace. Your health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions. You may need someone to help you care for yourself while you are wearing a halo brace.
HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Cleaning the halo pins
Clean the pin sites every day or as often as told by your health care provider. …show more content…
• If you lie in bed, you may lie on your back or your stomach. Lie so that your shoulders are even with the edge of the bed and your head and neck are over the edge. Place a basin beneath your head to collect water.
○ Place a towel around your neck and shoulders to avoid getting water into the vest.
3 Shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly. You may use a pitcher or sink sprayer to pour water over your hair.
• Do not touch the halo pins.
• Do not condition your hair.
• Make sure to rinse out all of the shampoo.
4 Dry your hair thoroughly.
Living with a halo brace
• Check the halo vest and the tightness of the pins and bolts at least once every day. Do this before getting up from a lying position.
• Move slowly and cautiously, especially when:
○ Sitting down.
○ Lying down.
○ Standing up.
○ Getting in and out of vehicles.
• Eat and drink carefully to avoid coughing or choking.
○ Sit upright when eating or drinking.
○ Cut food into small pieces and chew well.
• You may sleep on your side, back, or stomach.
○ Do not rest the halo ring on the bed.
○ You may place a towel in between your neck and your halo brace to help make your neck more …show more content…
• Wear clothing that fits over the brace.
• Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
• Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is