Lower back braces can be effective means of treating some spinal conditions. They can also provide the necessary support that gives the spine time to heal after a procedure such as a back surgery. Back braces might be prescribed by doctors or can be bought over the counter. There are nonprescription braces available without the requirement of a recommendation from the doctor. It is important that you wear these braces according to their instructions. Back braces can do the following:
Provide additional support for the spine – Back braces bring about stability when the lower back is unstable as a result of a weakened spinal structure or an injury. The brace will hold your torso in position and this will provide the right healing condition and prevent further injuries.
Reduce spinal structure pressure – The back brace can help reduce the pressure which is normally left for the lower part of the back. This will in turn reduce the pressure on the discs, muscles, and joints of the spine.
Reduce range of motion during healing – If you are healing from an injury, it is important to limit motion on the lower back to make sure that you give the injury ample time to heal. The brace will reduce twisting, backwards, forward, and side movements. Limiting painful motion will also help in establishing proper positions of the body and allow you to adjust the posture for better back health.
Reduce inter-vertebral segments micro-motion – Braces can also limit the small movements that exist between particular spinal segments or even vertebral fracture. This will in turn limit the pain that
emanates from muscle tension and irritated nerve roots or joints. A back brace added to a treatment plan has indicated mobility improvement and improvement of sores better than pain medication and therapy. There is, however, more research needed to confirm this.