Lynx Fitter’s Guide

Lynx MP & Lynx SP

The Lynx spinal brace may be dispensed as an off-the-shelf brace (OTS) or it may be custom fitted to meet a patient’s specialized needs. If the former, the patient should be given the “Patient Care and Use Information.” If the latter, the Custom Fitting Adjustments below describe the steps to proper brace fitting that should be performed by a medical professional with appropriate expertise.

Putting on the Lynx Brace

  1. Tack the outer cinch straps far enough back so that they are loose.
  2. Press the left belt end to the left part of the front panel.
  3. Position the brace so the back is centered on the patient’s back and have the patient stretch both sides of the elastic belt moderately, then press the right end of the belt to the right part of the front panel. The belt should be snug but not tight.
  4. Have the patient stretch the two outer cinch straps and press them onto the front of the brace. They should be tight yet comfortable. Note: They may cross so that one fastens to the other.

Custom Fitting Adjustments to the Lynx Brace

Trimming – The elastic body of the brace may be trimmed to remove portions that cause discomfort or restrict movement. If the elastic is trimmed, the fitter must either hand-sew the exposed edge or machine sew it with a zigzag stitch to prevent the elastic from unravelling yet still allow it to stretch.

Bending – The plates may be bent slightly to accommodate an unusual abdominal shape. If more than a slight contour is necessary, you may need to apply heat to the plate in order to remold it.

Re-molding – The Kydex plates were molded during brace fabrication. The anterior plate may need to be heated and re-molded for a specialized fit—for example, to accommodate the roundness of a pendulous abdomen. More frequently, the lordosis or kyphosis of the posterior plate may need to be modified to accommodate the patient’s spine. To do this, use a heat gun to warm the portion of the plate to be remolded. Use gloves to avoid burning your hands. Use caution not to overheat the plates or they may lose their original molded shape. While the material is malleable, contour the plate to the desired shape. Hold the remolded position until the plate cools, then re-attach or re-insert it. The engraved “TOP OUTSIDE” will help you reorient the plates correctly.

Customizing – Any specialized customization needed, such as cutting an opening for a stoma, relieving impinged areas of the spine, adding peroneal straps, or installing a STEP (Sternal Thoracic Extension Plate), should be completed at this time.

When the fitting of the Lynx brace is concluded, hand the patient the “Patient Care and Use Information” included with their Lynx brace.

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