Aspen Medical Products, inc.

Aspen® LSO

Effective spinal bracing is a critical component of pain relief, functional mobility, and post surgical stabilization. The Aspen® Lumbosacral Bracing System™ offers the practitioner multiple orthotic options that provide a high degree of immobilization, unparalleled comfort, and the ability to self-adjust to patients . . . even if they gain or lose weight. It combines the motion restriction of a custom fabricated orthosis with a dramatic improvement in comfort for better patient outcomes.

Code L0631 Approved

Features

Aluminum Rods
Reinforce spinal support and allow formation of patientspecific lordotic curves for unsurpassed performance.

Large Lumbar Window
Offers unobstructed vision and physical access for better patient care. Provides maximum airflow for improved comfort.

SureSlot™ Adjustment System
Provides a wide range of circumferential sizes, which can be changed in seconds. Ensures a good fit with only four models regardless of the patient’s physique.

Customized Comfort
Aspen® braces conform, and automatically adjust themselves, to each patient as they are tightened. The CushionFlex Tabs™ and breathable cotton-lined replacement pads further soften the interface. The brace essentially becomes a part of the patient, thereby minimizing migration. For even more comfort, the upper and lower edges can be modified to relieve pressure over anatomical contours, bony prominences, or bone graft sites.

Optional Cold Therapy
A reusable, soft gel cold pack slips into a special rear panel pad with a thermal sleeve. This ensures placement directly over the spine to reduce pain or tenderness, and minimize swelling.

CushionFlex Tabs™
Soften the edges of the orthosis. Can be cut to further splay outward or trimmed back for better comfort.

Easy LeverLatch™ Closure
Gives the patient a strong mechanical advantage to easily and effectively tighten the orthosis for better immobilization and pain relief.

Rigid Layered Support
Forms a structurally rigid polyethylene cylinder that restricts motion, yet is easy to trim or shape while on the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

FOR THE PATIENT
How often do Aspen® LSO pads need to be changed?
Pads should be changed or cleaned daily.
How do I clean the pads?
Use a mild soap and water to clean the pads by hand. Pat them dry with a towel and lay out to air dry. Do not use heat to dry the pads.
Where can replacement pads be purchased?
Replacement may be available from the facility you received the collar from, or you may order more through Aspen Customer Service. Call 800-295-2776.
FOR THE PROVIDER
How do I measure the correct size Aspen® LSO?
The measurements you will need is the back height and the torso girth of the patient. Use the chart to select the correct size:

Aspen_LSO_Sizing_Table
How do I adjust the size of the brace due to weight change in the patient?
You may re-measure the patient and re-seat the rivets in the appropriate SureSlot openings.
Why doesn’t the Leverlatch lie flat?
It is likely that the tightening process has not been completed correctly. Adjust the upper and lower straps, and pull the slack out of the center strap. The Leverlatch should lie flat when properly tightened.

Downloads

To download the following PDFs, right-click (option-click on Mac) and select “Save Link As…”
Aspen Lower Spine Brochure ›
Aspen LSO Product Information ›
Aspen LSO Instruction Sheet ›
Aspen LSO Sizing Poster ›

Product Info Sheets contain specific product dimensions, product accessories, and catalog numbers.

READ INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE. Proper training in the use of this device should take place before it is applied. These directions are guidelines only and are not offered as medical recommendations.

THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED FOR APPLICATION BY LICENSED HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS AS DIRECTED BY A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED MEDICAL AUTHORITY. PERMANENT INJURY MAY RESULT FROM USE OTHER THAN AS DIRECTED BY A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER MEDICAL AUTHORITY. ASPEN MEDICAL PRODUCTS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY OBLIGATION OR LIABILITY FOR INJURY OR DAMAGE BY REASON OF ANY APPLICATION OF THIS PRODUCT. PLEASE SEE THE ACCOMPANYING LIMITED WARRANTY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION IN THIS REGARD.

Research

Comparison of Motion Restriction and Trunk Stiffness Provided by Three Thoracolumbosacral Orthoses (TLSOs)

Krag, MH; Fox, MS, J; Haugh, LD
Vermont Back Research Center, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, University of Vermont, Burlington 05405, USA. martin.krag@uvm.edu
Published in Spine. 2003 Oct 15; 28(20):2359-67.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN: Four conditions (three orthoses, one no orthosis), full cross-over, randomized order, 12 subjects tested 3 months after a lumbar surgical arthrodesis. OBJECTIVES: To assess whole torso and lumbar motions and comfort for each orthoses condition during performance of activities of daily living. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Previous noninvasive studies measured whole torso (not just lumbar) movement. Recent development of a low profile, flexible, strain-gauged device (“Lordosimeter”) facilitated this study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Lordosimeter was taped to the skin along the midline of the lumbosacral region. Orthoses studied were Boston anterior opening, Aspen lumbosacral, and Cybertech. Specified activities of daily living were performed for each orthosis condition. Subject effort during the flexion/extension task was assessed by surface electromyography (EMG). Comfort was assessed by visual analog scale. RESULTS: There were no significant differences in EMG between orthoses. For lumbar flexion, trunk flexion, total lumbar motion, and total trunk motion, the mean values for Aspen and Boston (but not Cybertech) were significantly smaller than for no orthosis for most of the tasks and there were no significant differences between Aspen and Boston. The total lumbar motion allowed by each orthosis (averaged across tasks and relative to the no orthosis condition) was 81% for Aspen, 79% for Boston, and 97% for Cybertech. The comfort rating averaged across tasks was 2.24 for Aspen, 4.12 for Boston, and 3.92 for Cybertech (0 = very comfortable, 10 = very uncomfortable). Aspen was significantly more comfortable than Boston or Cybertech. Boston and Cybertech did not differ significantly. CONCLUSIONS: The Lordosimeter is useful for measuring lumbar motion during orthosis wear. The Aspen and the Boston orthoses provided significant flexion-extension motion restriction compared with no orthosis, but for almost all of the motion measures did not differ from each other. The Cybertech did not differ significantly from the no orthosis condition. The Aspen orthosis was rated significantly more comfortable than the Boston or the Cybertech.

Selected Quotations

“The major objectives of lumbosacral orthosis use are to reduce low back pain 1-4 and to increase the likelihood of solid fusion development after surgical bone grafting across two or more vertebrae.5-7”

(Pg. 2359)

“…The Boston anterior opening orthosis…has been used by the senior author for a number of years for postoperative immobilization, but fitting of it generally requires more than one visit to a skilled orthotist and it can be uncomfortable for some patients. Fitting of the two orthoses selected for comparison in this study is simpler and can be performed in one visit. One of them (Aspen Lumbosacral Orthosis, Long Beach, CA) can be modified to optimize the fit by adjusting the lower edge and by bending the lumbar support rods to produce the desired amount of lumbar lordosis.”

(Pg. 2359)

“In conclusion, for limiting lumbar motion, the Aspen LSO was found to be equal to the Boston orthosis and for comfort, the Aspen was found to be superior. Based on these findings, and on its ability to be fit and customized at the bedside, the Aspen LSO appears to be the orthosis of choice.”

(Pg. 2366)


 

Accessories

Short/Small Aspen LSO 990040
Short/Large Aspen LSO 990041
Tall/Small Aspen LSO 990060
Tall/Large Aspen LSO 990061
Short/Small Replacement Pads 990045
Short/Large Replacement Pads 990046
Tall/Small Replacement Pads 990065
Tall/Large Replacement Pads 990066

Ordering Information

Please Contact Aspen Medical Products for more information on placing an order.

Phone: 800-295-2776 or 949-681-0200
Fax:
800-848-7455 or 949-681-0300
E-mail:
service@aspenmp.com

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To download the following PDFs, right-click (option-click on Mac) and select “Save Link As…”
Aspen® Medical Products Order Form ›
Aspen® Medical Products Return Procedure ›
Aspen® Medical Products Credit Application ›