Back Braces

English: Modern brace for the treatment of a t...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite the advances in surgical techniques and other back pain treatments, back braces are still an effective treatment for many back problems.  While a back brace can help alleviate symptoms ranging from minor back spasms to major surgical procedures, not all back braces are the same. It’s important to get the correct back brace for your specific back condition.

Back Braces Help to Support The Spine

A back brace can be used for light support or as a maximum stabilizing device functioning to hold the entire upper torso in a straight line.  Many people recovering from serious back injuries such as those caused by sports trauma or car accidents wear a rigid back brace that reaches from the area of the tailbone up to the underarms.

If a neck injury is involved, some back braces also have a neck brace that connects to the entire assembly to provide maximum cervical support.  Considering your type of injury, your doctor will recommend the  back brace to best meet your needs and provide you with maximum mobility.  Other conditions less severe will require less support.

To help relieve symptoms of lower back pain and minor injuries, a foam or soft back brace may be used.  A doctor will often suggest the use of a back brace for those suffering from neuromuscular problems or sciatica.  In these situations, a back brace will help ease the pain of symptoms and offer additional support with movement.

Back  Brace Made For Comfort

Today a back brace is often made of softer, foam-like material that still provides firm support for mild to moderate lower back pain.  The design of a lower back brace accommodates the curvature at the base of the spine and doesn’t  ‘ride up’ like the ‘old-fashioned’ back brace models and styles.  This new type of brace stays in place, reliable in providing the required support.

Another  type of back brace is a supporting back brace that has metal reinforcement strips down the back.  This brace reaches from the mid- buttocks area all the way up to the middle of the shoulder blades, giving maximum support for those suffering from conditions such as spondylolysis, or disintegration of a vertebra and other spinal conditions.  The tightness and pressure of this type of back brace can be adjusted and the brace can easily be worn under clothing. With this brace, you can stand and sit easily.  Plus, its anatomical fit makes it available for both men and women.

Another advantage of this back brace is that it stays where it’s supposed to, which makes it almost invisible to the unknowing observer.  People suffering from discopathy, which is any disease that affects the intra-vertebral bone structure, and lumbar impression fractures related to osteoporosis, as well as those recovering from surgery, may also wear this type of back brace.

A back brace doesn’t have to be big and bulky to provide both protection and support.  Today, materials used in the creation of a back brace are lightweight and allow for your skin to ‘breathe’.  So, when the doctor prescribes a back brace, no longer think “immobile”.  The back braces of today can fit nicely into your daily living.

If you have a back injury or are recovering from back surgery, you know it can be a incapacitating experience. Most people don’t appreciate the importance of their back  until they injure it in some way, and even the simplest chores become painful and almost impossible tasks.  A back brace can certainly provide what is needed for pain relief, while giving support for healing.