Oct 23, 2014

Lumbosacral (LSO) Braces

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LSO Brace for Lumbosacral Pain

Lumbo sacral back pain due to injuries and disorders are the culprit for low-back pain that affects countless people worldwide. Lumbosacral joint pain refers to pain in the lumbar vertebrae/sacrum region of the body. BraceAbility offers a wide range of lumbosacral orthosis (LSO) products, from corset braces to belts to rigid back supports that are designed to treat various sources of lumbar sacral pain. 

The Lumbosacral Back Region

 

Lumbar Sacral Orthosis for Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a spine condition characterized by the slipping of the vertebrae out of place. It can occur at any level of the spinal column although it is most common in the lower back area. Most cases of lumbosacral spondylolisthesis stem from minor overuse trauma, specifically when the lumbar spine is hyperextended. This lumbosacral injury can be caused by sports that involve repetitive hyperextension of the lumbar spine such as football, baseball, rowing, tennis, baseball, wrestling, volleyball or weightlifting.

Some of the most common symptoms of spondylolisthesis include lower back pain during exercise and numbness/tingling or weakness in the legs because of nerve compression (sciatica) that can be brought on by spondylolisthesis.  

Wearing an LSO brace is one way of treating spondylolisthesis. Not only does a lumbosacral orthosis brace help relieve pain associated with spondylolisthesis, but it also helps prevent further slippage of the vertebrae. BraceAbility offers a wide range of LSO support products specifically designed for spondylolisthesis treatment.

The Cybertech Therapeutic LSO Brace, in particular, is well suited for the treatment of spondylosthesis, among other conditions. This lumbosacral orthotic provides support for the lumbosacral region and features rigid, heat-moldable panels in the front and rear that help stabilize the lumbar spine region. And none of this support comes at the expense of comfort.

LSO Back Support for Treating Disc Disorders

A common cause of back pain is degenerative disc disease. The term is a bit of a misnomer as it is usually not so much a disease as it is changes in spinal discs as someone ages. These changes in the discs can cause low-back pain, as well as the development of such conditions as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis or herniated discs. These conditions in and of themselves can cause other issues, such as sciatic nerve pain. 

Disc Degeneration in Lumbosacral Region

Thankfully, a Lumbar sacral orthosis can help treat sacral lumbar pain stemming from degenerative disc conditions.  The Cybertech Trimod Back Support - Rigid Back Brace and the Cybertech Tri-Mod Low Profile Rigid Back Brace both feature the support of a removable panel and frame, a chair-back design and a mechanical pulley system that allows easily adjustable compression. Adding to the customizable aspect of this brace, the frame is heat-moldable.

The lower-profile version of the LSO back brace from Cybertech stabilizes the spine, without sacrificing mobility.  These braces are also ideal for recovery from lumbosacral surgery.  

Another option is the Corflex Disc Unloader Spinal Orthosis. This brace provides immediate relief from pain caused by lumbosacral disc disorders by taking pressure off the lumbosacral disc and shifting the load to the abdominal region.

Other features of this lumbosacral orthotic include a modular design that helps reduce intradiscal pressure through circumferential compression and standard six-inch anterior and twelve-inch posterior panels that can be fitted with anatomically designed inserts along with a gel pack that provides the benefits of hot or cold therapy. This lumbosacral brace is made of a soft, lightweight and breathable fabric with contouring panels for increased comfort and support.

This lumbosacral brace is also perfect for chronic and acute back pain, strains/sprains to the lumbar muscles and as a postural support. It is also a popular post-surgery brace.

SI Joint Pain

Another source of pain in the lumbosacral region of the body stems from dysfunction in the sacroiliac (SI) joints that attach the pelvic bones to the spine. If the joint allows to little or too much motion SI joint pain along with radiating pain into the hips, groin, thigh may result. This is especially common in pregnant women as hormonal changes can increase the laxity of the joints.

SI joint dysfunction treatment often involves wearing a sacroiliac belt to stabilize and support the joints. Consider, for instance, the Bauerfeind SacroLoc® Sacroiliac Joint Belt / SI Brace, which features a dual pad to massage and stimulate circulation in the SI joint areas.  

Stretching and stability exercises can also help to stabilize the SI joints. In some instances, a cortisone injection or treatment of some underlying causal factor may be needed for SI joint pain relief.

Lumbosacral Plexus Injury

The lumbar plexus refers to a division of nerves in the lumbar and sacral region that provide innervations to the lower limbs of the body. These nerve roots are protected by the pelvis. Thus lumbosacral plexus injury is rare and typically stems from major trauma that fractures the pelvic bones.

Injury to the lumbosacral plexus can result in diminished sensation and movement of the hip, leg, ankle and toes or complete paralysis of the gluteus muscles. Movement may be accompanied by a burning, tingling or cramping sensation.

Treatment for lumbosacral plexus damage typically involves reconnecting the nerves, in some cases via nerve grafts, followed by rehabilitation to manage pain and maintain motion of the tendons and muscles. During this rehabilitation process, a doctor might recommend wearing a lumbosacral support.

Soft Tissue Lumbar Sacral Injury

Another type of lumbar sacral injury is sprain or strain to the muscles, tendons or other tissues of the back, such as the lumbar dorsal fascia membrane covering the deep muscles of the trunk. For instance, the combination of weak abdominal muscles and a tight lumbar dorsal fascia, also known as thoracolumbar fascia, can result in lumbar fascia pain.

Strength exercises and stretches for the core along with massage can be helpful for lumbar fascia strain. There are also braces specifically designed with this condition in mind, such as the Corflex Thoracolumbar Brace for Thoracolumbar Fascia Pain. This brace wraps around the body and features adjustable suspenders for easy adjustment of compression to the back.

Soft tissue injuries can often be treated with rest and ice. A low-back brace can be helpful to both these ends.   

Choose from our selection of high-quality and competitively priced lumbosacral supports, lumbosacral braces and lumbosacral belts. Not sure what lumbosacral orthotic you require? No problem. Our customer service representatives are always here to help. To speak with one, please call us at (866) 712.7808.

 
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