Whether you’ve injured your spine, just had a spinal procedure, or struggle with chronic pain, you may need a brace to support your back and help the tissues mend. At Pinnacle Pain and Spine, Matthew Crooks, MD, Jessica Byrd, FNP-C, AP-PMN, and Emma Dambi, FNP-C, specialize in designing and fitting back braces to ensure your brace is comfortable, while also providing the orthotic you need to fully heal. To learn if back braces can improve your health, call one of the offices in Scottsdale, Chandler, or Fountain Hills, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.
Back braces offer a non-invasive solution to treating some back problems and improving your spine health.
The overall purpose of back braces is to immobilize and stabilize your spine, which in turn, promotes healing and eases back pain by limiting movement.
Dr. Crooks may recommend a back brace to treat a range of conditions. You may need a brace to immobilize your spine after a back fracture or injury.
Back braces often relieve lower back pain caused by problems like:
Dr. Crooks may also recommend a back brace if you frequently lift heavy items.
There are three basic types of back braces:
Soft back braces are made of materials like cotton, elastic, canvas, and rubber. They support your muscles and allow some mobility while preventing excessive movement.
Rigid back braces use hard plastic or metal bars to significantly restrict your movement, prevent further injury, and provide optimal stability.
This type of back brace takes pressure off weak or injured spinal structures, including your discs, nerves, joints, and muscles.
Semi-rigid back braces contain both soft and rigid materials. For example, a flexible lumbar belt may have a few molded plastic inserts for extra support.
Beyond the different materials, several sizes of back braces are available. Some cover your entire back, while others only support the lumbar region, for example. Dr. Crooks chooses the one that works best for your back problem.
Dr. Crooks will provide you with specific instructions about when to wear your back brace and when you can remove it. You may need to keep the brace on most of the time for a fracture.
Most people can remove their back brace to shower and examine their skin. It’s important to watch for reddened or irritated skin under the brace. Skin problems are a sign the brace doesn’t fit properly.
Wearing a snug-fitting shirt under the brace and keeping your skin clean goes a long way toward preventing skin problems. You should also avoid using lotions or powders under your brace.
To get custom-fitted for a back brace, call Pinnacle Pain and Spine or book an appointment online today.