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The Benefits of Wearing a Back Brace

Since so many folks suffer from chronic back pain, it should come as no surprise that they often resort to wearing a back brace for support. In fact, according to The University of Maryland Medical Center, between 60 and 80% of U.S. adults have low back pain.

Back pain is the leading cause of disability – Dr. RJ Burr.

What Causes Back Pain?

There are many causes of back pain. According to Dr. RJ Burr, the overwhelming majority of back pain is of musculoskeletal origin, i.e., irritation of muscles, joints, nerves, and caused by our physical behaviors. In other words, most back pain is the result of prolonged postures we subject ourselves to on a daily basis. You man have heard, “sitting is the new smoking.” The truth is we don’t move our bodies nearly as often as we have in our ancestral history. The result is back pain as the leading cause of disability. Because of modern conveniences, it’s become more of a challenge to stay active.

Back braces offer you the ability to move more comfortably when enduring an episode of back pain where normal activity has become intolerable.

Types of Back Braces

Back braces, a type of orthotic device, are designed to support, immobilize and treat muscles, joints, and skeletal problems. Doctor do prescribe them. Back braces fall into two wide categories: the hard, rigid types and the soft, elastic versions. The rigid design is used to treat more serious conditions like scoliosis, and these braces tend to restrict movement in patients by as much as 50%. 

The more common brace has a soft, elastic backing used to compress the abdominal cavity and the joints and muscles associated with that area.  The compression helps to stabilize and support muscles and allows for a forward motion of the spine.  Many back brace users wear the device primarily during times of physical stress to help avoid injury.


Man with back pain talking to doctor
Read more:
How to Get a Medicare Approved Back Brace


Back Brace Benefits

Wearing a brace as prescribed by your physician, may provide relief, promote healing, and help prevent future problems.

Back braces can:

  • Immobilize injured areas and assist in recovery
  • Stabilize areas of weakness immediately after surgery
  • Help lessen strain and pressure on the spine while heavy lifting
  • Improve posture and elongate the spine
  • Make transitional movements, such as sitting to standing, more comfortable
  • Alleviate back pain
  • Be a non-invasive treatment as an alternative to surgery
  • Allow you to move and perform activities you could otherwise not do without the brace
  • Assists your natural core function in supporting the spine

Remember, 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 then visit Aeroflow Healthcare to see if you Qualify Through Insurance for a back brace!

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