A halo-vest is a brace that is used to immobilize and protect the cervical spine and neck after surgery or accident. The halo is a ring that surrounds the head and is attached by pins to the outer portion of the skull; however, some Halos are pinless but are only used in certain situations.
How long do you have to wear a halo brace?
The ring is attached by four bars to a stiff, lightweight vest that fits around your chest. This keeps your neck and spine moving as one with your body so the spinal injury can heal. Most people wear a halo for 6 to 12 weeks. You can expect your neck and back to feel stiff or sore at first.
Are Halo braces still used?
A halo brace is a device for spinal injury patients who have suffered damage to the cervical area of the spine. It is designed to hold the neck still and give time for the injured area to heal and is normally worn for between six and twelve weeks.
How do you sleep with a halo brace?
Sleeping in a Halo
Nighttime suggestions include sleeping in a reclining chair and lying on the back with a small pillow or foam wedge. Eventually, sleeping on a side or on the stomach may be possible. When getting up, it is important to not sit upright and bend at the waist.
Does a halo brace leave scars?
Will the halo leave scars? The pins will leave small lesions in the skin when they are first removed. These typically scab over in a day or two. The child will have small scars on their forehead but these generally fade and become less noticeable over time.
Does a halo brace hurt?
Is a Halo Brace Painful? No, the halo brace should not cause pain. Some kids get headaches, especially while eating, but this usually goes away after the child gets used to the brace. If the pain continues or gets worse, the surgeon may adjust the pins to make the child more comfortable.
How do you wash your hair with a halo brace?
Washing your hair:
Ask the helper to thread a towel through the bars of the brace and tuck it under the vest to keep the liner dry. Or, they can use plastic wrap, a plastic bag, or a plastic poncho. 3. Have the helper use a hand held showerhead or a pitcher of water to wet your hair.
Does a halo brace go into the skull?
The halo stays steady with pins that are threaded through the ring and anchored to the head (unless the physician is using a pinless halo). The halo and its jacket and rods hold the head still, so that the bones can heal. The pins in the halo are secured to the skull, which prevents any motion in the neck.
Can you drive with halo traction?
Do not drive a vehicle or ride a bike while you wear your halo brace. You also may have limits on heavy lifting and exercise.
How do you sleep with a broken neck?
Always wear your collar in bed unless told otherwise by your consultant. Your bed should be firm. it (unless instructed otherwise). Sleep on your back, if this is uncomfortable sleep on your side.
What is a neck halo?
A halo is a medical device used to stabilize the cervical spine after traumatic injuries to the neck, or after spine surgery. The apparatus consists of a halo vest, stabilization bars, and a metal ring encircling the patient’s head and fixated to the skull with multiple pins.
How do you shower with a neck brace on?
Begin by removing the front portion of your collar and switching it with the front portion of the shower collar. Holding the front piece securely with one hand, log roll onto your side and repeat with the back half of the collars. Roll back onto your back and Velcro the shower collar in place. You may shower as normal.
Can you fully recover from a broken neck?
A broken neck with no damage to the spinal cord may heal completely, but it’s possible to suffer continued neck pain and frequent headaches as the result of this injury.
What is Halo gravity traction?
Halo gravity traction is a technique of applying traction to the spine pre-operatively through a metal ring (halo) that is attached to your child’s head.