Back pain is a common occurrence in the U.S. for many individuals. As many as 80% of people in the U.S suffer from back pain of some sort. For this reason, choosing the best method of therapy for your back pain must be done carefully. Those who suffer from severe back problems usually consider a powered mobility device such as a power scooter as the first option for treatment. Deciding prematurely to use a power scooter when not needed could be a costly expense. Most often, a back brace is the more suitable method to treat back pain.
Let’s explore some of the differences between a power scooter and a back brace. Again, medical issues, conditions and limitations are not included in this comparison, simply because those decisions and evaluations are dependent upon your primary care physician. You will need to consult with your primary care physician and possibly a physical therapist to ensure you are fitted with the correct method of therapy, a power scooter or a back brace.
When is a scooter needed?
- If you need mobility assistance in your home.
- If you have difficulty walking for extended periods of time unassisted.
- If you are able to get in and out of a chair or bed on your own.
- If you have no postural or shoulder challenges.
- If you have a large floor plan for space in your home. Scooters have a larger turning radius than powered wheelchairs.
- If you only want something for outdoor use, you will need a scooter.
However, it will be an out-of-pocket purchase. Insurance will not pay unless it is purposed for indoor use only.
Signs that a back brace is needed
- Continual weakness in the legs and or feet.
- Tingling or knife-life stabbing sensations.
- Severe back pain.
- Pain in the lower spine (front, sides or back).
- Dowager’s hump.
- Difficulty bending, walking or lifting things you could before.
- Curvature of the spine.
- Deep, tight muscle contractions near the spine. These are more consistent in the lower back.
Be sure to keep in mind that your insurance will not pay for a power scooter if it is not deemed medically necessary. Also, if it is purposed for outdoor use your insurance provider will not pay for it. If you intend to use a power scooter for outdoor purposes you will have to purchase it out of pocket.
The amount of back pain your experience will not be the same as the next person. If you think a back brace is a better choice for your condition be sure to consult with your primary care physician for advice. If you are interested in treating your back pain with either a power scooter or back brace be sure to fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form for back braces or power scooters and our professional mobility team will walk you step-by-step through the process. We look forward to hearing from you!