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Spinal Support (Bracing)

AT A GLANCE

  • A brace is used to limit the motion and function of a painful and abnormal area of the spine.
  • Many surgeons use back braces after a spinal fusion operation to restrict motion.
  • Because bracing has drawbacks, it must be managed by professionals who can weigh all aspects of the treatment, equipment used, and duration.
  • Bracing treats Sprains and Strains, Spondylolisthesis, Spinal Fusion Surgery.

 

One of the oldest forms of spinal treatments, bracing is a traditional method of limiting the motion and function of a problem area of the spine. Today many surgeons use back braces for a variety of problems including after a spinal fusion. Bed traction and body casting were the precursors to bracing.

Braces can be made of plaster, metal and plastics and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, strengths, and applications.

Though the concept of rest and immobility is good, in reality too much bracing can cause more harm than good. Also, most braces will not completely immobilize the spine and thus have some limited effects.

A brace can affect posture and the way a wearer walks, sits and functions. Sometimes a brace-wearing patient begins to rely on the brace to do what his or her bones, muscles and joints should be doing, creating a risk of atrophy, or the continued weakening of these tissues. Patients can become functionally and psychologically dependent on the brace.

Athletes and workers often wear what’s known as soft braces, or lumbar supports, in order to retain mobility while exercising or otherwise staying physically active. This is only advisable if the brace wearer is also performing an ongoing exercise program. Also, some braces can circulate ice water through them or provide electrical stimulation to a treated area to accelerate healing

Due to these moderate risks, most braces require a prescription.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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