So now you have your back brace and the next step is making sure you put it on right!
We will give you answers here, but these answers must be a little bit “round” because we do not know exactly what you have in your hands. Do not worry though, this information can still help you.
You can break back braces up into some broad categories:
1.) Lower Back Braces
2.) Full Body Back Braces
3.) Custom Made LSOs or TLSOs
Our goal here is to make this as simple as possible for you.
Lower Back Braces : Typically, you do not want to be above the pain site when wearing these kinds of supports. Usually, it is something that rests just above the top of your legs when you sit. Nothing should pinch the top of your legs. Moreover, if you are a woman, your breasts should not be inside the brace. This is possible if a bra is not worn and the person is bending forward at the time of brace application.
We do recommend that you try to encapsulate any soft tissue inside of the brace when wearing it or any other kind of back brace. This is true because if your soft tissue comes out of the bottom of your brace, things can happen when you sit that are not optimal. For example, when you sit, your legs can kick the soft tissue up into the bottom of the brace and subsequently you will find that it migrates superiorly too much. This can be uncomfortable and may distort the fit of the orthosis (brace).
Full Body Back Braces : Some key things to look out for is that the support remains clear of your under arms (axillary region) and that it is not up in your neck when you sit. You can apply much of what you learned in the lower back brace section here as well. Because, after all your full body support is in part a lower back brace as well. One important thing to note is that your neck can move a lot. This means that if you bend way forward (as if to look down at your shoes, you might feel a properly fitting brace hit the bottom of your neck).
Custom LSOs and/or TLSOs : Everything you have learned so far in this article can help you. There is one key difference however. In a custom LSO or TLSO there is usually a padded waist groove in the design. When looking at this padded waist section, it is important to put this above the top of your hip bone. This is key! Everything else should fall into place if your provider did their job correctly. The reason for the padded waist groove is to stop migration and to help give you a donning “yardage marker”. – Above your hip bone is a space. Then just above this space is your bottom rib. Below this space is, obviously your hip bone. So, as you can see, it would quickly hit one or the other anatomical landmark and help to prevent brace migration. – Also, always wear you brace snug. This is key too!
This is an article written for informational purposes only. This can not be considered to be medical advice considering all the different brace scenarios that exist. We also do not know what you are using for support. However, everything that was said applies to many scenarios and should not be considered to be bad information either.
If you have any brace questions, let us know. We do service people in Chicagoland and all its suburbs. Give us a call today at 815-717-8970 to get a new support today. https://rinella-op.com