Back braces are a common treatment for a variety of problems including scoliosis, healing fractures, or in postoperative fusions. They work by limiting the motion of the spine and gently pushing the spine into it’s proper position. Back braces can help expedite the healing process after back surgery and they can usually diminish a patient’s lower back pain or discomfort. Some individuals prefer not to wear back braces because of how they think back braces look. However, most back braces are highly effective and can be worn underneath your clothing. In most cases, the back brace is very difficult, if not impossible, to notice.
Most back braces fall into one of two categories: stiff braces and flexible braces. The stiff braces are called rigid braces and the flexible brases are called corset braces or elastic braces:
Both types of braces can, in certain circumstances, be used to treat the underlying cause of chronic back pain. For example, individuals who suffer from scoliosis (the excessive sideways curvature of the spine) sometimes experience back pain. Back braces can help by nudging the spine into its proper position.
If you suffer from chronic back pain and you’d like to look into getting a back brace, you should visit an experienced back pain doctor. At Garden State Pain Control, our board-certified New Jersey back pain physicians can help you find the right treatment for your chronic back pain and recommend the proper back brace.