Roughly 8 out of 10 people will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime.
The back is very complex and has a lot of working parts that make it function properly. Back pain is frequently, but not always, caused by muscle or ligament strains. Wearing a back brace could give you the support and function needed to get you through your daily activities.
Types of Back Braces
Back braces will vary by style, but generally they all feature some form of compression. They can be made with metal or hard plastic, velcro, or soft plastic. Braces can be used for the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine. These areas cover the upper, mid, and lower back. With any back brace, comfort is the most important thing. You also want to make sure it fits properly, gives you the proper support you need, and hopefully reduces pain symptoms.
When Can Wearing a Back Brace Help?
There are many cases when a back brace can be beneficial. Postural support is one of the most common uses of a back brace; however, braces can be used for immobilization, post-operative situations, disc issues, vertebrae issues, muscle and ligament sprains, and chronic pain management.
Where Can I Buy a Back Brace?
If your doctor has recommended a back brace it is always best to sit down with a certified brace fitter to discuss what brace would work best. You can try on some options and discuss how often and how frequently to wear the brace. At Arthritis & Injury Care, we do not charge for consultations and will check your insurance coverage for you. We have certified brace fitters at all our locations in Nova Scotia (Halifax, Dartmouth, and Clayton Park) and New Brunswick (Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton). Check for a clinic near you to explore your options to see what works best for you and your lifestyle.