Spine braces are used for a variety of reasons, including: controlling pain, lessening the change of further injury, allowing healing to take place, compensating for muscle weakness or preventing or correcting a deformity.

When your back is injured, even small movements can cause pain. All spine braces reduce back pain by supporting the spine and by minimizing spinal column movement. Additionally, a spine braces that provides circumferential compression can also help minimize pain. This increased pressure supports the spinal column and comfortably prevents motion that results in pain.

Braces are used for low back pain, typically caused by degenerative disc disorders, trauma or postural deformities. These braces, also called corsets or belts, are typically made of a variety of materials including cotton, nylon and plastic. They work by reducing the load on the spine by increasing abdominal compression. Rigid stays and inserts can be added to the brace to restrict motion and remind patients to watch their posture.

Rigid braces provide the most support to the area of the spine being treated. A TLSO brace controls motion in all planes. Depending on the goals of the TLSO, design can be modified accordingly. A two piece front and back design is commonly used post operatively for ease of application while a front or back opening single piece design is commonly utilized when treating scoliosis. Hook and loop fastener straps are most commonly used to fasten the closure on all orthoses today.

The type of brace used is dependent upon physician protocols and indications.

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When your back is injured, even small movements can cause pain. All spine braces reduce back pain by supporting the spine and by minimizing spinal column movement. Additionally, a spine braces that provides circumferential compression can also help minimize pain. This increased pressure supports the spinal column and comfortably prevents motion that results in pain.

Back pain is oftentimes caused by muscle spasm, which can be the result of an underlying injury. Some underlying injuries include vertebal fractures, disc injury or degeneration, and nerve impingement. These Injuries can be aggravated by associated conditions, such as narrowing (stenosis) of the canal or shifting of the vertebra (spondylolisthesis), one upon the other.

Low back pain is sometimes caused by:

  • Constant stress from slouching over a keyboard or steering wheel
  • Excessive stress to the back, such as lifting something heavy
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Problems with tendons or ligaments in and around the spine

Only your physician can determine the cause of your back pain. You should expect your physician to conduct a battery of tests including a physical examination and diagnostic tests before diagnosing your condition.

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Other non-surgical options to help manage pain and joint instability: cold therapy and rehabilitative exercises. Cold Therapy: Ranging from simple ice packs to motorized cold therapy (an insulated cooler with a pump and pads that deliver cold to specific joints), your doctor may suggest using cold therapy to reduce pain and swelling of an injured joint. All cold therapy, including ice, can be cold enough to damage your skin, so regardless of what kind of cold therapy you use, follow your doctor's instructions.

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Exercises for Joint Rehabilitation: Your doctor may recommend exercises to help enhance your recovery. This may include exercises for stretching to gradually increase range of motion, strengthening to regain joint function and proprioception to help with balance and core stability.

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