Lower back pain is more common than you may think. In fact, approximately 80 percent of adults suffer from lumbar pain at some point in their lives. In 90 percent of cases, the pain subsides without surgery. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, in order to treat back pain, you need an alternative approach.
In addition to treatment options like physical therapy and medication, wearing a brace can be extremely beneficial in alleviating pain and other symptoms associated with lower back pain.
At Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation we care about your physical health. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to explain what causes lower back pain and how wearing a brace can help ease the pain and discomfort.
The causes of lower back pain
Lumbar pain isn’t so much a disorder as a symptom of other medical problems. When you have lower back pain, you actually have a problem with one or more of the components of your lower back. For example, your ligaments, muscles, nerves, or vertebrae. The good news is, back pain usually feels more serious than it actually is. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your pain seriously.
Here are some causes of lower back pain:
- Strain, like from continual lifting of heavy objects
- Structural issues
These problems can lead to symptoms like a dull aching in your lower back, stabbing or shooting pains, and trouble sitting or standing for long periods of time.
How a brace can alleviate back pain
Wearing a brace provides you with many benefits and helps in treating your lower back pain. Some of the ways a brace can help include:
Supporting a herniated disc
Wearing a brace can help treat pain caused by a herniated disc, by providing stability and spinal support. It can also help to limit twisting and bending motions, which can cause added strain and pain in your lower back.
Helping arthritis pain
A brace can relieve pressure and pain on your joints that are caused by osteoarthritis. This causes instability and discomfort when moving. It can also increase your range of motion, making everyday activities easier.
Assisting in post-op healing
Back braces are great for post-operative healing as well. After spinal surgery, a back brace can reduce pressure on your spine and assist in alignment, which promotes proper healing and gives you the best chance of returning to proper functioning.
How we treat lower back pain
In addition to options like physical therapy, medication, and surgery, at Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation we also dispense braces. We take the time to find and fit the best brace for you and your structural issues. Our goal is to make sure you get the best treatment possible, so that you can live a fully functional and fulfilled life.
Are you sick of living with lower back pain? Discover how we can treat your pain today! Visit our website here to schedule an appointment.