SPINAL BRACES & SUPPORTS
Bracing and supports can be a very helpful component to a treatment plan. There are as many different types of braces/spints as one can imagine. Unfortunately, not all braces work equally well and there is “head to head” comparison of the various brands and styles. It is important to speak to your physician to determine if a brace may or may not be helpful. As a general rule, most spinal support braces can be worn for specific functional activities varying in time and frequency. For example, a LSO (lumbo-sacral-orthosis) brace is often helpful for mechanical low back pain to be worn during house chores. This brace serves to remind the user to be cautious with activities and provides muscular support and warmth.
A common conern is the overuse of bracing and the potential for developing weakness. A comprhensive review of medical literature regarding the use of lumbar (lower back) bracing and recommended time has not shown any ill-effects extended use (over 3 hours). There is no evidence of muscular weakness or atrophy.
Knee braces and supports can help with arthritis pain and in many cases instablity of the knee. We also endorse a new hip joint brace to reduce joint pressure and pain. Elbow and wrist braces and supports can help with arthritic conditions, tendonitis and overuse conditions.
Like most treatments, if used correctly under the direction of medical experts, these devices can be an excellent component to an orthopedic and spinal treatment program. Please consult your physician for further information. The braces presented here are just a few examples of many supportive devices available. Cost, convenience and comfort are keys to selecting the correct brace.
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