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Signs You Should Be Using A Back Brace

As you approach your thirties, your body may begin to show signs of unexpected pain in your back and legs. This pain can be sharp, numbing, tingling, and occurring sporadically but consistently. The pain may be acute and relieved with over-the-counter medications such as naproxen, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. If the pain is not relieved a trip to the ER or doctor’s office may be necessary. If you perform hard physical labor requiring frequent bending, twisting, lifting, and turning, you may experience severe back pain requiring a brace.
Braces are available at your local pharmacy, some employers provide them, and most insurance companies will approve them with a prescription from your doctor. Braces vary by manufacturer so ask which ones will work best for your condition and lifestyle. Getting a professional medical opinion regarding bracing is highly recommended. If you are pregnant, overweight, experiencing severe back pain that does not get better with treatment then you may need a back brace. Using the right correct back brace is critical for improving your back pain condition. There are 2 different types of back braces to consider. The first is a hard-back brace made of a plastic and is molded to fit your specific back size. It may have stretchy fabric with a Velcro closure that stretches and closes across your waist securely. The hard-back braces are used after surgery to restrict forward movement. The hard-back brace restricts movements to about 50%. The second type of back brace is a soft-back brace which is elastic and stretchy. This brace is generally used in the workplace. The soft-back brace limits forward movement, bending and lifting. The right back brace will get the optimal results for your specific back pain condition.
Your doctor or physical therapist will make the proper recommendations for how long you should wear your back brace. If you find yourself leaning forward a lot to relieve the pressure from back pain then you should talk to your doctor about a back brace. Other signs that a back brace may be necessary are chronic muscle spasms in your lower back muscles, hips, and upper thighs, weakness in your legs, and difficulty walking. It is recommended that you do not ignore the signs if you think a back brace may be needed to support your painful back condition.
Discuss the best back brace for your condition with your doctor or physical therapist so that you will get the best benefit from wearing the brace. Wearing a back brace for a pain condition without discussing the pain with your doctor can conceal an injury that could be made worse without proper medical attention. When worn properly an under medical supervision, back braces can significantly improve painful back conditions. Back braces can also prevent further injury and restore healthy alignment to the back.