Some people wonder if you wear your back brace right on your skin.
Very common question.
Typically, a brace provider will tell you that it is not best to wear a back brace right on your skin. Read on for more information.
The reasoning is two fold :
A.) Everybody Sweats
If you sweat into the back brace for x amount of weeks, it is probably not going to be that clean after a short while. You might be thinking that you are not going to be doing any exercise in the near future, but it is still possible for you to sweat just doing activities of daily living. These supports are also not usually the same items that are friendly with your washer machine. This is true because back braces usually have at least some hard plastic or metal inserts of some kind. You can quickly see why this might not be ideal for any machines you use to wash your other clothes, etc.
B.) Skin Protection
Checking your skin. Just like you probably did with your watch the first time you put it on, the same holds true for braces. You should monitor your skin with respect to a new back support. This is not said to make you think something bad is going to happen. People’s minds sometimes jump to this thought when the topic of monitoring your skin comes up. Typically, it is not an issue. However, giving a brace a thin liner of cotton or other material that is accepted by your skin, under the brace is typically recommended. Its ok to put a thin liner under a brace, but something that is thick and bulky (like a sweat shirt) is not recommended under a spinal orthosis. We suggest that you wear the more bulky garments over the top of a back support.
Moreover, back braces are meant to give you a hug. This means that they are going to have an intimate fit. Therefore, having something on that you can change will prolong the life of the support and it will also keep your skin more clean. – If you did have a skin irritation because of the brace it is important to tell the provider right away. They can do things to help your brace stay at an optimal fit while it is in use.
This is medical information and not medical advice. Every person’s situation is different so we recommend you work with your local orthotist if you have brace problems.
If you live in Chicagoland, give us a call for your back brace needs. We are licensed and ready to help.