Some common questions about getting a back brace are when and how you should wear it and when should I not? The answer to this question varies based on your individual needs and why you require the back brace. We have some tips to help you get the most out of your back brace.
Proper back brace usage
Do: Wear your back brace correctly. This includes both structurally and per your doctor’s recommendations. If you are having trouble getting comfortable in you brace, consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor to get this addressed.
Do: Wear your back brace with breathable clothes. The back brace is usually worn over a shirt to avoid any discomfort or excess dampness. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton.
Do: Position your back brace correctly. If you are prescribed a lumbar support back brace, it should be worn correctly around your lower back.
Don’t do these things!
Don’t: Rely solely on the back brace 100% or the time. A back brace is designed to assist with weakened core muscles, not replace them. Do as much as you can independently and use the back brace for added support.
Don’t: Wear your back brace in the shower or while bathing. The brace will get wet, which could cause irritation.
Don’t: Don’t borrow or lend a back brace. Back braces are fitted for your specific needs. You may think it saves a little money now, but in the long run, this could be causing more damage to your back.
The bottom line
The most important thing is to remember that a back brace is a piece of medical equipment and should be used with the same compliance and respect as any medication or medical device. Be sure to consult your doctor about any changes or differences you notice while using your back brace.
If you have a question about specific back braces, give Aeroflow Bracing a call at 888-627-2159. Aeroflow is here to offer tips and support and can also provide you with the necessary information you need to start a conversation with your doctor about bracing. Don’t forget to also fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form to see you qualify for a free back brace through insurance.
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