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Back to Basics: Can Low Back Supports or Braces Truly Change the Game?

Feb 5, 2024 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

"Will a back brace help my condition?" is a common question posed to healthcare providers who manage low back pain (LBP). The response often varies, reflecting mixed opinions on the efficacy of braces for LBP. In a study from February 2009, researchers tracked subacute LBP patients who used elastic lumbar belts to assess their impact on functional ability, pain levels, and healthcare usage/costs. Conducted across multiple locations, this study randomly assigned patients to either wear a lumbar belt or to a control group, with nearly 200 participants in total. After 90 days, those who wore back braces reported better pain relief (42 points) compared to the control group (32 points), and a higher percentage (61%) did not use any medication, unlike 40% in the control group. The study concluded that elastic lumbar belts significantly benefit patients with subacute LBP in terms of functionality, pain reduction, and reduced need for medication.

Back braces have long been considered a standard treatment for LBP. Concerns have been raised about potential physical or psychological dependency on braces, although this is often not an issue as many patients eagerly await the time they can discontinue their use. Braces prove particularly beneficial for individuals who cannot avoid certain activities, like farmers during critical farming periods or single parents needing to work to support their families. In such scenarios, a back brace becomes critically important.

There are various designs of back braces. Some are narrow, suitable for jobs or activities requiring frequent bending or twisting. Others are taller in the back and tapered in front, offering support while allowing some movement. More rigid braces can restrict movement in specific directions, with a hard surface to immobilize the desired area, useful for spinal fractures, post-surgery, or managing scoliosis. Some braces support the pelvic area, while most target the central low back region. Additionally, there are rib belts for fractured ribs and soft or rigid neck braces for post-accident care, as well as braces for the arms or legs. The choice to use a brace depends on the severity of the injury and the patient's ability to limit certain actions. For significant injuries or when activity restriction is challenging, a back brace can be a crucial part of treatment, akin to stitches for deep cuts.

So, if you are experiencing back pain, lower back pain, or pain in the coccyx and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my back and who in my area can refer me?”

Also, if you feel leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your back.  Some people will try stretching the lower back first to see if they get relief from their back pain.  Pain very low in the lower back may be originating from the coccyx or tailbone.  A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional around you.

Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for back pain here: 


Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off for a walk in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities or if you are suffering from back pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

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Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need. 


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