benefits of lower back braces

The Benefits of Back Braces

While back pain most often occurs from strained muscles and ligaments, from improper or heavy lifting, or after a sudden awkward movement, it also can be caused from structural problems such as ruptured or bulging disks, arthritis, sciatica, osteoporosis, scoliosis, and stress-induced back pain.   In this blog post we will talk about the benefits of back braces and some of the options out there for back braces.

Back braces are commonly used to provide external support to the complex structures of the spinal column.  They are prescribed for a number of purposes, including immobilization, postural support, symptom control and injury protection.

Examples of How Back Braces Can Help:

  • Braces used immediately after surgery can be helpful for spine stabilization.
  • Lumbar support braces can be helpful after in an initial low back injury by limiting movement of the spine in the low back area. The limited movement can allow some back injuries to heal by relieving excessive demand placed on the specific joints of that spinal area.
  • Back braces can make transitional movements, such as from a sitting to a standing position more comfortable during an episode of back pain.
  • If you have a labor-intensive job that places stress on your lower back, a lower back brace can help you when you first return to work after a back injury by avoiding too much strain on your spine.

Postural Support

Posture is described as the relative position of the spine when in an upright position. Normal postural alignment is essential in order to maintain a healthy back. Abnormal posture is usually caused by pain, weakness, injury or structural deformities. Individuals with poor posture may be prescribed a back brace to help to maintain normal curvature and alignment of the spine. A back brace can be helpful at promoting a normal posture by providing external support that corrects the abnormal posture.

Immobilization

Certain spinal conditions require the back to be immobilized for a period of time. These include traumatic injuries such as fractures and surgical fusions of the spine. Immobilization limits the amount of available motion at the site of injury in a controlled manner and allows for healing to take place. Without immobilization, you may inadvertently exacerbate the condition during daily activities. A wide variety of back braces are specially manufactured to limit certain motions. They are designed to limit a variety of motions including flexion, extension and rotation.

Pain Control

The majority of individuals who suffer from a back ailment report pain as the “most debilitating” symptom. This pain is typically exacerbated by certain movements and positions that stress the damaged structures of the back. Back braces are helpful at controlling pain by limiting these movements and allowing the damaged structures to heal. They also help to alleviate pain symptoms by compressing the abdomen, which helps to unload the intervertebral discs, vertebrae and other structures of the spinal column.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a back brace please contact us for your no-obligation consultation with a certified professional.

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Authors:
Joanne Foley, Orthopedic Bracing Specialist
Arthritis & Injury Care Centre

Olivia Northrup, Business Administration Manager
Arthritis & Injury Care Centre

 

 

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