This question comes up a lot.
How are you supposed to know the answer, right?
The easy answer is that you wear your new back brace until you are healed. Want a more detailed answer? – Well, just keep reading…
Chances are that you just got a new brace either in a hospital setting or as an outpatient and now you are curious as to how many days, weeks or even months that you might have to wear the brace. Sometimes, this is not information that is given to you upfront, so now you will have to search around for answers. (By the way, this blog does not really apply to people who just bought their brace from a pharmacy.)
Does this sound like your situation currently?
Did you get a brace in the hospital or as an outpatient in an office?
Here’s the two part answer for you:
Typically, a brace specialist will provide you with your new back brace. This person can come into the hospital or you can meet them as an out patient in their office. Many times patients will ask their orthotist (brace provider) how long they will have to wear their new brace. This is an honest train of thought, if anyone would know, the brace provider should know, right? These individuals know a lot about the different details that go into braces and they can be a huge help. However, there is actually a better source for you to ask how long you will be wearing your back support.
Unless your orthotist just spoke with your doctor and they can pass along the information word for word, we suggest that you give your physician a call. They are usually the one who ordered it. These people direct your back care and it is probably best to ask them. They are more likely to look at your xrays and tell you how you are progressing. It is in these moments when the real decision about when to wear a brace is made.
Your doctor might tell you initially that it might be 4-6 weeks, but sometimes people do decide for themselves that they are not going to wear their back support. As a result, you might now heal as fast, so this might push the end date out. Or, some people heal more slowly than others and this can stretch the time needed to wear the brace. Individuals that are older or smoke typically do not heal as fast.
We hope this information has helped you. If you live in Chicagoland or its suburbs give us a call with further questions. Our number is 815-717-8970. http://rinella-op.com