How to treat a Lower Spine Injury with a Lumbar Brace

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Most people dealing with spinal or back injury find it extremely difficult to recover quickly. Why is that? Lower spine holds the centre of gravity of human body and is used for almost all kinds of daily movements, thus and restricting the spine’s movement is almost impossible. On the other hand, for spinal injury to heal completely, and quickly, it is important that a sturdy support is provided. And that is why it is important to know how to treat lower spine injury with a Lumbar Brace.

For various kinds of lower spine issues most physiotherapists and orthodontists suggest a lumbar brace for a number of reasons, mainly to provide sturdy support to the spine.

What us a lumbar brace?

It is designed as an external bone structure support system for the back’s muscles and spine. Often in spine injuries muscle and bone damage is difficult to heal and such a brace support boosts treatment time. Although it is not exactly an alternative to plaster casts, a lumbar brace can also be used with lightweight plasters for added support.

Lumbar braces come in different sizes and shapes and are specially designed to help heal mild to extreme spinal injuries and are suitable for both men and women. Experts like Northern Orthotics can offer sacral cinch, corsets, thoracic lumbar sacral, mould back brace and several other models in the category of back support braces.

Why should you wear lumbar brace?

In the acute phases of spinal injury, pain management doctors can prescribe medicines but often that is not enough. External warmth and support is also critical in dealing with spinal pain. Firstly, a brace restricts movements and ensures that you do not end up aggravating the condition even more. Secondly, braces also provide more stability in daily activities and that relieves a lot of pain and suffering that you would have experienced otherwise.

Modern lumbar braces are also made from special materials that use natural body warmth to keep affected areas from muscle soreness and fatigue. People healing from spinal and lower back injuries can also use the brace when having to carry things is absolutely necessary. When used with weight lifting and other rehabilitation exercises, it is effective for support.

When should you not use the brace?

Lumbar braces can help treating spinal injuries, but there are times when you need to do without them. Therapists suggest that braces are just for back support during recovery time and shouldn’t be a lifelong partner. If your recovery is on track and you do not feel any pain or discomfort in daily tasks, then there is no need to use it.

Often, to wean of the need for a lumbar brace, take it off for a few hours each day to promote circulation in the region. Moreover, spinal injuries are usually very sensitive and if the intensity of symptoms increases while using any type of back support, it is best to cease wearing one and consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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