A carefully fitted prescription back brace can be an excellent additional treatment for lower back sprains and strains. Back braces have been shown to improve mobility and lower pain, better than the combination of physical therapy and pain medications alone.
A semi rigid brace is one that combines elements of both flexible and rigid orthoses such as a flexible lumbar belt that includes additional padding or molded plastic inserts for some additional support and stability to achieve pain relief, protection against injury and support to enable healing.
A back brace is not a permanent part of a treatment plan. A lumbar brace is typically prescribed to be worn for a certain number of hours each day, and the regimen may range from a couple days to several weeks depending on your condition.
A doctor or other qualified health professional who has trained in fitting braces, will measure and fit the brace to ensure it is safe, comfortable, and effective.
Back braces can be used as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan for the following conditions: