Using Back Braces to Lower Back Pain

Using Back Braces to Lower Back Pain

Devices for back pain are most often braces that are used to support a healing spine or prevent further injury. Back pain can develop and worsen for a number of reasons which include injury or trauma, stress, poor posture, pregnancy or degenerative conditions like arthritis. How you deal with your back pain will largely come down to its cause. One of the most popular approaches is using back braces for lower back pain.

When to consider a back brace.

Consultation with a doctor is recommended before using a back brace. A doctor's evaluation will determine whether a brace is likely to be beneficial, as well as the type of brace needed and how it should be worn.

It is important to remember that back braces are prescribed as one aspect of a comprehensive treatment program, and that wearing a brace on its own or wearing a brace not according to the doctor's recommendation may cause further injury and increased pain.

Instructions on how to wear a back brace.

Wrap the brace around the back with the wings against either side of the torso. Connect the two ends across the abdomen. Make more precise adjustments to the tightness and pressure in the brace; typically, small adjustments are made using two pull tabs on either side of the brace.

Reaching to wrap the brace behind the body can be difficult with a painful back and enlisting help from a partner or friend may be advisable.

Goals and mechanisms of back bracing for pain relief.

1.A back bracing prescription usually has a few complementary goals:
2.To reduce muscle tension and low back pain.
3.Improve posture to redistribute weight in the spine.
4.Provide a healthy healing environment for spinal structures. 5.Increase function during daily activity.

Typical components of a back brace.

Many flexible and rigid models of lumbar orthoses are similar in how they are worn and put on and consists of a few key parts;

1.The two 'wings', or sides of the brace which are made of a flexible or sturdy material that wraps around the torso and connects over the abdomen or sides.
2.Rigid and semi-rigid braces include a stiff back panel, typically made of hard molded plastic, to keep the back in a healthy posture.
3.A sturdy front panel that applies pressure to the abdomen.
4.Smaller adjustments, made using a cord and pull tab on either side of the brace.

For a back brace to be a success while using it;

1. Wear the brace as advised.
2. View the brace as a positive aid.
3.Don't depend on the brace for long term treatment. (Compliment with other means)

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