“Would a back belt help me?” That’s a common question New Hampshire Spine and Sport hears from Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients and others in Southern New Hampshire who suffer with back pain and/or leg pain. Wearing Southern New Hampshire back supports has been debated in the medical literature, and opinion differs even from practitioner to practitioner. The current information on using back supports suggests that it’s worthwhile and beneficial to use one for many when they have back pain. New Hampshire Spine and Sport works with each individual Southern New Hampshire back pain sufferer to find the answer to the back support question as it concerns his/her particular condition.
BACK BRACES AND MUSCLE TONE
New Hampshire Spine and Sport has heard the concern that back supports may weaken muscles. However, current research suggests that wearing a back brace does not conclusively cause muscle weakness. (1) Elastic lumbar belts increased muscle strengthening, flexibility of lower extremities, flexion, and activities of daily living as well as reduced pain for low back pain patients. (2)
BACK SUPPORTS AND CONFIDENCE IN DAILY ACTIVITY
New Hampshire Spine and Sport promotes activity while healing mixed with rest as needed. Long past are the days of passive lying around for most Southern New Hampshire back pain patients to heal which is why New Hampshire Spine and Sport encourages gentle, tolerable movement to patients even though they may be worried about moving and causing pain. That’s where back belts become useful. Wearing a lumbar belt improves the functional status, pain level and pain medication use. (3) Back braces decreased pain and fear of pain in back pain patients. (4) Wearing a rigid back brace for three months aided 79% of patients with chronic low back pain experience 30% reduction in pain. (5) A soft lumbosacral support is more effective than a rigid one for posture control and pain control. (6) New Hampshire Spine and Sport likes support belts that are comfortable and supportive.
BACK BRACES HELP STENOSIS PAIN
New Hampshire Spine and Sport hosts many Southern New Hampshire stenosis patients daily! Spinal stenosis brings on back pain and sometimes other issues for which a back support is valuable. Having spinal stenosis patients with intermittent claudication wear a low back brace showed reduced lordosis (spine curvature) and significant improvement in walking distance of at least 30% improvement in 82% of the patients. (7) 30% is a good clinical outcome! Medicine finds that 30% improvement makes an intervention worthwhile to use. (8) Back braces may be helpers for Southern New Hampshire back pain patients!
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Schedule a Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment at New Hampshire Spine and Sport today. Together, New Hampshire Spine and Sport and you will answer the question of whether you should wear a back support while recovering from Southern New Hampshire back pain.