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What is a body jacket?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Brace yourself...: A body jacket is a rigid brace used to protect your spine by immoblizing it. It is custom fit for the individual; usually by an experienced orthopedist; and the user needs to be instructed in how to both put it on; and take it off. It can also be utulized to treat children with severe curvatures of the spine(or scoliosis).
Dr. Laura Wuarin
25 years experience
"straight jacket": In the old days it used to be called a straight jacket, . This is a clothing that wraps around you to prevent arms from scratching or hurting self or others. It is used only when there is serious risk of danger.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
An orthopedic cast: Is used to immobilize the trunk after spinal injuries or surgery.

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