Braces

Bracing can be helpful to support the lumbar spine, reduce motion and to treat pain. An over the counter brace can be a simple elastic wrap which may help support the back in painful episodes. A medical grade brace can provide more targeted support to reduce motion in a certain direction and to reduce abdominal distention which takes pressure off the lumbar spine. Bracing can especially be helpful after a lumbar compression fracture. This will restrict motion in flexion which will help control pain. Long-term use of a brace greater than 3-4 weeks can eventually lead to weakening of the core muscles. For short term purposes or certain pain-provoking activities, a brace can be helpful.