If you have experienced a fracture or have post-operative fusions in your lower (or lumbar) spine, then you will want to make sure that you limit the amount of movement to this area by wearing a back brace. When you limit that amount of motion to the spine, you are enhancing the healing process. Your pain and discomfort will also decrease.
Type of Back Braces
There are two types of back braces that are commonly used to limit the motion of the spine. They are the rigid brace and corset brace. Following is a little bit about each type of brace.
- Rigid Brace – This type of back brace is a form-fitting plastic brace that is well fitted. This brace helps to limit the range of lower back motion by up to 50%. If you have a fracture, you can often be treated with a rigid brace. If you have a fusion surgery, a rigid brace can also be used for treatment. One disadvantage to this type of brace is that it can become hot, heavy and a bit uncomfortable to wear. An advantage to this brace is that it only has to be worn when you are up and about. When you are lying down you may remove it.
- Corset Brace – This brace is sometimes recommended to limit the motion of your lower spin after a lumbar fusion. This brace helps to limit the motion in your back while the fusion set up by now allowing you to bend forward.
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