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Signs You May Need a Back Brace

Signs You May Need a Back Brace

In a recent article, “Benefits of a Back Brace,” we talked about how back braces can benefit patients, including pain relief, promotion of healing and relief of discomfort, not to mention the stabilization of weakened areas because of surgery. Back pain is a common occurrence for many individuals in the U.S. Between 60 – 80% of adults in the U.S have reported low back pain at some point. This back pain is a leading cause for other issues and even disabilities that occur. Signs that indicate you may need a back brace include:

  • Severe back pain
  • Pain in your lower spine (front, sides or back)
  • Stubborn, deep, tight muscle contractions near your spine (especially in the lower back)
  • Dowager’s hump (improper posture)
  • Loss of height. This can be as much as 6 inches
  • Weakness in your back or back muscles
  • Difficulty bending, walking or lifting things you once could
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or even a knife-like stabbing sensation
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Weakness in your legs and or feet

Your likelihood of needing a back brace increases if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Overweight
  • Inactive
  • Over 30
  • Involved in situations that include lifting, bending, twisting
  • Subject to extended body vibrations (lots of driving, sandblasting, etc)
  • Excessively stressed or depressed

Back pain varies from person to person, and it ranges from mild to severe. If you believe you may benefit from a back brace; be sure to contact your physician or physical therapist for advice on the type and use that would most benefit you, and contact Aeroflow Healthcare to see if you qualify for a brace through insurance!

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