Braces, also called orthotics, may be prescribed by your surgeon to provide additional support to your spine. Some braces will be measured and fitted before surgery while others are fitted during your inpatient stay after surgery. There are several vendors in the area that manufacture and modify the devices for proper wear and fit. Your nurse or therapist can help if you have questions. Wear a light layer of clothing (T-shirt is great) under the brace to prevent skin irritation. Clean the skin and check for red areas each day. If you have been prescribed a brace, you should wear it as directed. If you have a cervical spine collar (neck brace), you must wear this all the time, except while in the shower. If you have a lumbar brace (lower back brace), you should wear this when you are active, though you can remove it to sleep or when you are lying down.