While there is some conflicting information out there on when to wear a back brace, there are a few general rules of thumb that you can follow to ensure you are getting the most out of your back brace. Some sources state to wear it as little as possible while others state there is little harm is wearing it throughout the day. The best advice to take about when to wear a back brace is that of your health care provider. Your physician prescribed the equipment so more than likely they have a plan of care established for how often you need to wear it.
Here are the most common times to wear a back brace:
While lifting heavy objects– If you frequently lift heavy loads then you should wear a back brace to assist in correct posture and form. Remember to bend from your knees and not your back so that your legs do most of the work. Lifting with your back can cause pain and injury.
While sitting for long periods of time– You should wear your back brace if you are sedimentary for long hours; this will help you maintain correct posture and result in less tension in your lower back. While we sit, gravity tends to pull our shoulders forward and this unnatural position for an extended amount of time can ultimately cause spine deformity and severe pain. While wearing a back brace, your spine will remain properly aligned while you remain sitting or even standing for long periods on time.
While recovering from injury or surgery– If you’ve been injured it is best to consult your doctor about when to wear a back brace. If you are recovering from surgery the doctor will most likely provide you this information in a discharge plan. Make sure to follow your doctor instructions; your physician may require that your wear it 24 hours for a while, or may simply require you to wear a back brace when you feel you need it.
Remember that a back brace is meant to supplement the muscles of your back and provide support and comfort when needed. Be cautious of becoming dependent on a back brace or over using it. Your back brace could become a detriment if worn too often or against the advice of your doctor.
Click here to view the back braces that Aeroflow Healthcare has to offer and for more information on back braces in general. It is also good to note that Insurance may cover your back brace. To find out if you qualify for a back brace through insurance, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Patient Care Representatives will review your information and contact you to discuss your coverage and options. Let Aeroflow Healthcare help you start relieving your back pain today!