How to Wear a Back Brace

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There are two types of back braces: soft back braces support the muscles while still allowing movement, while rigid braces restrict movement. Patients wear back braces to treat spine disorders, manage back pain resulting from daily activities, or as part of a post-surgery recovery program. A back brace can be obtained via prescription or purchased over-the-counter.

  • Examine the back brace before putting it on. Do not proceed if you see signs of wear in the padding or exposed metal parts.

  • Put the back brace on according to the manufacturer's instructions. It should provide a snug fit around your midsection and support the lower back. Use the adjustment mechanisms, such as straps, to tailor the fit to your body shape.

  • Wear your back brace during the day, particularly when you are active. You may remove the brace at nighttime if you wish. Wear it under or over your clothing, depending on which you prefer.

  • Replace or repair your existing back brace if it slips or requires frequent adjustment while it is on.

  • Address any additional questions about wearing a medically prescribed back brace to your doctor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not wear someone else's back brace, which has likely been adjusted to fit their particular body shape.

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