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Should You Be Wearing a Back Brace?

Back pain is a very common occurrence for individuals in the United States. Four out of every five people will experience back pain at least once during their lifetime. The most common form of treatment will be the use of a back brace. How do you know if you should be wearing a back brace and will it actually help alleviate back pain?

If you suffer from the following conditions you may need to wear a back brace:

  • Lower Back Sprain
  • Sciatica
  • Lower Back Strain
  • Lumbar Disc Bulge
  • Muscular Strain
  • Facet Joint Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis of the lower back
  • Spinal degeneration
  • Postural Syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stress fracture of the Pars Interarticularis

The above conditions may benefit from use of a back brace; however, you will want to consult with your doctor to ensure no underlying conditions will prevent improvement from wearing a back brace. You will want to ensure you actually need a back brace before getting one. Your primary care physician can discuss the benefits of using a brace to assist in improving your quality of life on a daily basis.

Benefits of using a Back Brace

  • Provide additional support for your spine and/or muscles
  • Helps improve your body posture
  • Keeps pressure off the spinal nerves and lower back
  • Can help alleviate pain
  • Can support the abdomen
  • Provide additional support during regular activities while minimizing back strain and pain
  • Makes transitional movements like sitting or standing more comfortable
  • Helps prevent injury
  • Flare-ups are less painful
  • Can be used after surgery to help with spinal stabilization

Disadvantages of using a Back Brace

Be sure you are consulting with your doctor on how often you should use a back brace. Relying on a back brace too much does have negative effects. Here are a few.

  • Can cause your spine to weaken if you use it to often or use it as a crutch.
  • If it hurts more wearing the brace when you experience back pain, the crutch is probably not for you.
  • Wearing a back brace does not mean you should or can lift more weight. If that is your intention for getting one then you should not.  You still want to make sure you are using proper technique when lifting objects.

Getting a back brace through Aeroflow Healthcare is a simple process. All we need is a prescription from your doctor stating it is medically necessary and documentation supporting this claim. Once we have that one of our mobility experts will then contact you to walk you through the process. If you need any assistance with getting a back brace, feel free to contact us at 1-888-345-1780. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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