DO YOU REALLY NEED A LOWER BACK BRACE?

Lower Back Braces limit the normal motion of the spine. This extra support can speed relief of back pain from arthritis, disc problems, sprains, strains, and overuse.

For someone healing from back surgery or a fracture of the back, braces limit painful movement thereby reducing inflammation and pain. Using a Lower Back Brace actually speeds healing.

As a doctor, I was never big on selling all kinds of “extra things” to my patients: however, for the person suffering with severe back pain, a properly fitting Lower Back Brace will give the needed support to allow for faster healing and pain relief. My recommended Lumbar Support Brace

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There areTwo Main Types of Lower Back Brace

Rigid braces:

Rigid braces are usually form-fitting plastic molds that limit 50% of the motion in the spine. Rigid braces are often used after back surgery where a back fusion was preformed.The most common ridged brace is the Boston brace.

The back needs time to heal after surgery. Rigid braces stabilize the back, limit painful motion, and permit complete healing of the back.

Rigid braces are also used with patients who have fractured a bone in their back.

The problem with Rigid Braces is that they are heavy and patients can get very hot when wearing them. They are usually worn during the day and taken off for sleeping.

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Elastic Braces:

This is the type of brace I use with my patients who need extra support for healing.

Like Rigid braces, Elastic braces also limit back motion and promote faster healing.

They are made of softer materials than rigid braces and are easier to wear under clothing.

Elastic braces give just enough extra back support to allow you to go about your daily activities, and even go to work, with much less pain.

A helpful aspect about wearing a lower back brace is that it reminds you that you have a problem. Sometimes in the frenzied pace of life you can forget about your back problem and twist or turn too quickly, or bend over too far to pick something up—and cause a flare-up of back pain.

The brace that I am recommending to you is made with strong elastic material to maximize comfort. Whats really nice about this brace is Double side pulls cross in front for added support. These added side pulls make a huge difference in lower back support, and at the same time allow normal range of low back motion. This particular brace allows you to add a customized molded thermoplastic insert. My recommended Lumbar Support Brace

The brace is a good reminder to take things slower until the back has had time to heal.





Work Braces:

Some employers provide low back braces for their workers and expect them to be worn all day. This is definitely not a good idea.

If you wear a brace all the time, your back muscles and abdominal muscles weaken from not being used.

If you are wearing a brace to prevent an injury, don’t tighten the brace until the time you have to lift something heavy.

Posture Braces:

I have had a number of patients whose posture was so poor they needed a brace to help hold them in good posture.

The Posture Brace I like best pulls the shoulders back to prevent slouching or rounded shoulders. These braces can be worn under clothing and improve posture, spinal alignment, and bring relief of back and neck pain.

Patients would wear the brace until further chiropractic care, posture exercises, and posture awareness got their body strong enough for them to maintain healthy posture without the brace.

Pregnancy Braces:

Pregnancy is a well known cause of low back and leg pain(sciatica). Over the years in practice I helped dozens of pregnant patients overcome low back and leg pains with gentle chiropractic care and prescribing pregnancy braces.

Some braces are designed to support the growing abdomen of pregnant women. The extra support helps reduce low back pain and fatigue during pregnancy.

To see the pregnancy brace that I recommend click this link Adjustable Prenatal Cradle Pregnancy Support Belt

Hot/Cold Braces:

Some braces are built to hold hot or cold packs. In addition to supporting your back, these back braces allow you to benefit from Heat Therapy or Cold Therapy at the same time.

This kind of a back brace is great to put on right away if you think you may have sprained your back lifting something or overworking in the lawn or garden.

Heat is great for relieving tight muscles you may get from too much housework or home repairs. Ice will prevent pain and swelling from overworking in the yard or garden.

To see the lower back brace you can use ice with, click this link Lower Back Ice Wrap

Scoliosis Braces:

Bracing is one of the most common treatments for young people with scoliosis. Scoliosis braces are used to try to stop the abnormal spinal curve from getting worse. Many of these braces can be worn under clothing and can even be worn during sports activities.

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Cliff

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