For those with various spinal injuries, a spinal orthosis or back brace may be just what the orthotic services ordered — literally.
A spinal orthosis is designed as a means of holding the spine in place in order to keep the spine from worsening due to curvature. When wearing a spinal orthosis, some curves in the spine may decrease in their size whereas 80% will stay the same.
But how do you know if a back brace is the best choice for your spinal injury or condition? Below we answer some common questions regarding spinal orthotics and back braces and how they can benefit you.
Would a Back Brace Help With a Herniated Disc?
Yes. A herniated disc is caused when two bones in the spinal cord press on the nerve endings surrounding the back bone. A herniated disc back brace can help prevent back injuries and alleviate the pain by reducing intradiscal pressure, offering your spine the support it requires to take the pressure off your nerves.
Would a Back Brace Help With Scoliosis?
Yes and no. A back brace can assist with scoliosis and keep it from worsening by straightening the spine and enhancing mobility. But ultimately a back brace cannot outright straighten a spine affected by scoliosis.
Only spinal surgery can efficiently produce the best result, but even then a scoliosis patient may still have a consistent curve in their spine.
Would a Back Brace Help With Sciatica?
Yes. Sciatic nerve pain is often caused by the pinching of a nerve root in the lower spine. However, sciatica itself is typically caused by applied pressure to the sciatic nerve by a herniated disc. As in the case of wearing a back brace for a herniated disc, a back brace can help relieve sciatic nerve pain by reducing the pressure of the spinal discs on the nerve or nerve root.
Overall, a back brace can help alleviate and reduce back pain while simultaneously assisting in the prevention of further injurious curvatures. However, a back brace cannot be used alone as a form of treatment.
When suffering from chronic back pain caused by a spinal injury, consult your doctor for a diagnosis. If your back pain has been diagnosed, consider using a back brace from Walkabout Orthotics to reduce your pain and to enhance your mobility.