Do I need a Back Brace?

Do You Need an Orthotic Back Brace for Your Back Pain?

Back pain is caused by so many different factors. A back brace can definitely help by reducing pressure on the spine and helping to reduce the load on the muscles nearby. Please note that a back brace is not recommended to be worn for more than three days in a row. The intention here is to help the back so you can move but you must work on strengthening the muscles around the spine for long-term back pain relief. In fact, prolonged use of the back brace can lead to muscle atrophy. You must consult with your doctor before wearing a back brace as it is usually part of a greater treatment plan.

Back braces can help with the following issues:

  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Compression Fractures
  • Herniation
  • Muscle Strain
  • Stenosis

Using a Back Brace: Advantages, Myths & Advice

Back braces are good in that they help you do the activity you need to do like walking, groceries etc. But they are also not to be used as a solo treatment modality for back pain.

Does a back brace help with lower back pain?

A flexible back brace can help with lower back pain by relieving the tension in the muscles.

Is the back support belt helpful for back pain?

Yes, a flexible back belt or back brace is helpful for lower back pain in conjunction with strengthening.

Why do people wear a back brace?

Some people suffer from back pain and need to wear a brace to limit the amount of motion that may occur if they didn’t have that proprioceptive cue around their back.

Best back braces to try:

Lumbotrain and Lordoloc from Bauerfeind — both these braces are made with a comfortable knit fabric that helps with breathability and stabilization. It is best to book an assessment with the Athletic Therapist to determine the best back brace for you.

Think you might need a back brace? Our Athletic Therapist at Mobility on Mainway will be happy to help. Call us to make an appointment 289-245-6624. We service all areas in the GTA including Oakville, Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown, and Milton.

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