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Do’s and Don’ts of Using a Back Brace

Some common questions about getting a back brace are when and how you should wear it and when should I not? The answer to this question varies based on your individual needs and why you require the back brace. We have some tips to help you get the most out of your back brace.

Proper back brace usage

Do: Wear your back brace correctly. This includes both structurally and per your doctor’s recommendations. If you are having trouble getting comfortable in you brace, consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor to get this addressed.

Do: Wear your back brace with breathable clothes. The back brace is usually worn over a shirt to avoid any discomfort or excess dampness. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton or “performance” textiles.

Do: Position your back brace correctly. If you are prescribed a lumbar support back brace, it should be worn correctly around your lower back.

Do: Stay active. Dr. RJ Burr says your back brace is meant to help you perform physical tasks more comfortably than you would without the belt. Inactivity leads to deconditioned core muscles, weaken bones, and increased risk for pain and injury.

Don’t do these things!

Don’t: Rely solely on the back brace 100% of the time. A back brace is designed to assist with weakened core muscles, not replace them. Do as much as you can independently and use the back brace for added support. According to Dr. Burr, “your back brace is the perfect supplement to a physical rehab and strength training program to get you back to full, pain-free function.”

Don’t: Wear your back brace in the shower or while bathing. The brace will get wet, which could cause irritation.

Don’t: Don’t borrow or lend a back brace. Back braces are fitted for your specific needs. You may think it saves a little money now, but in the long run, this could be causing more damage to your back.

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Read more:
6 Tips to Properly Use a Lower Back Brace

The Final Back Brace Tip

Before you purchase a back brace, check to see if it is covered by your insurance. Each insurance plan is unique, and Aeroflow can help you navigate the claim. Generally, you’ll need one of the following:

  1. To reduce pain by restricting the mobility of the trunk; or
  2. To facilitate healing following an injury to the spine or related soft tissues; or
  3. To facilitate healing following a surgical procedure on the spine or related soft tissue; or
  4. To otherwise support weak spinal muscles and/or a deformed spine.


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