An Adjustable Lumbar Back Belt for Lower Spine Stabilization
Trauma, aging and structural abnormalities that have been present since birth can all lead to problems with the one’s spine. In the vast majority of cases, these can be remedied non-surgically, possibly with the help of this Pathways lumbosacral support from Ottobock (formerly known as Cybertech).
This low back belt can help with the following causes of back pain:
- Lumbar mechanical back pain
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative discs
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Facet syndrome
In the rare case when it is necessary to go under the knife, this post-operative back support can smooth one’s recovery. It can provide pre- and post-operative stabilization after a laminotomy, foraminotomy, IDET procedures, anterior laparoscopic fusion, posterior lateral fusion or multilevel decompression.
The intraabdominal compression the versatile back brace for lumbar support creates provides a hydrostatic lift for the spine, reducing pressure on its tissues. The back belt for post-operative use also supports weak muscles and limits harmful motions of one’s trunk.
Ottobock’s mechanical advantage pulley system allows one to easily apply compression in a matter of seconds, using just one hand. The low-friction pulley system amplifies one’s force by five, making it easy to achieve a high degree of compression.
The smooth pulley system of the back brace for disc damage also allows one to easily adjust the support as one transitions from a seated to a standing position or vice versa.
The pull cord for applying compression attaches at the front of the body, meaning no stressful twisting is required to apply the lumbar belt. Hand straps also limit the need for any pinching or grabbing motions, making application even easier for those with arthritis.
The closures of the post-surgery lumbar back support are Velcro, making it even easier to apply, remove or adjust the brace—even if one has arthritis of the hands.
The back brace for spinal stenosis treatment conforms to the body as one cinches the belt, ensuring a streamlined and comfortable fit. Mesh material keeps one from overheating when wearing the spinal support belt.
The corset back brace comes with two panels—one for the back of the body (posterior) and one for the front (anterior).
The back panel of the lumbar pulley brace is contoured to the natural curve of the low-back, plus it is padded and breathable. This panel provides support from the top of the lumbar spine down to the sacrum at its base.
The anterior panel can be added or removed depending upon what stage in treatment one is at. This flexibility adds to its appeal as post-surgery back brace.
An Effective Treatment for Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis refers to a condition where a vertebrae shifts out of position. When this occurs specifically due to a stress fracture weakening the bones that act as a bony bridge connecting the upper and lower facet joints of the spine, this is known as spondylolysis. These conditions typically occur at the lowest vertebra of the lumbar spine—the fourth (L4) and fifth (L5) lumbar vertebra.
Outside of pain management steps, treatment for these conditions typically entails efforts to reduce the amount of stress on the low-back. This might involve physical therapy to increase the strength and flexibility of one’s back, legs and abdomen, as well as use of a back brace. The stabilizing forces a brace for spondylolisthesis applies also help reduce the amount of stress on the lumbar spine.
In some cases, surgery is necessary to prevent the slippage from worsening. Again, this back brace for spondylolysis is adaptable so that it can be used for pre- and post-operative care for spinal fusion treatment as well as a number of other spinal surgery procedures.
Similarly, the stabilization and support this lightweight lumbar back brace provides makes it compatible with treating a number of other conditions involving the discs, muscles or even the spaces of the spine.
Features of this Spondylolysis Back Brace
LSO Brace Treatment of Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis
The spine is an intricate structure, and injury to one of its components can throw off its function, causing pain in the lumbar spine and possibly other areas of the body such as the hips, knees or even the feet.
And while an accident or trauma is certainly to blame for some sources of lumbar pain, simply day to day motions or the wear that comes with aging can cause one’s discs, vertebrae or facet joints to shift out of position, herniate or crumble.
Treatment of low back pain will vary from case to case, but the need to rest and protect one’s low back is one constant. Sometimes this alone is enough to ease pain. In other cases this is a precursor to surgery or physical therapy. And obviously resting and protecting the back is a key component of post-operative care.
Whatever the situation, the brace for low-back pain can help. Easing pressure on the tissues of the spine via abdominal compression can do wonders for easing one’s discomfort and allowing healing to take place. In addition, the compression also enhances blood flow to the lower back, which speeds the removal of inflammation and encourages healing.
The posterior (back) panel paired with the removable anterior (front) one offer varying degrees of protection and support. Having the option of removing the front panel allows one to “scale-down” support and increase the flexibility of the low back orthotic as one’s treatment advances.
It’s also worth noting that whether a patient sticks to wearing the lumbar back support belt is a key element of how successful his or her recovery is. With this in mind, Ottobock incorporates breathable material, contoured panels, padding, a simple, sleek design and even application aids for arthritic hands to make it as “easy” to wear the low-back belt as possible.
Features of this Lumbosacral Corset Stabilizer for Before and After Surgery
Following are some of the major benefits of this brace for treating low back pain with or without surgery.
- Mechanical-advantage pulley system makes it easy to apply compression at a 5:1 ratio
- Intraabdominal pressure of the corset brace creates hydrostatic lift that eases force on the spine
- It takes just one hand and a few seconds to tighten the low-profile brace for lower back pain
- Corset back brace provides support from the sacrum to the L1 vertebrae
- Pull tab can be easily applied at the front of the brace via a Velcro-like contact closure
- Treats the following sources of low-back pain: mechanical back issues, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome
- Also a great brace following various surgeries to the spine
- Panel at the back of the brace for herniated discs is contoured and features breathable padding
- Mesh material makes this a cool-fitting lumbar support belt
- Anterior panel that fits into a pocket at the front of the lumbar spine brace is removable
- Hand straps and contact closures make application a breeze, even for those with arthritis
|Size||Waist Circumference||Posterior (Back) Panel Height||Anterior (Front) Panel Height|
|Small||25" - 30"||9.75"||7"|
|Medium||30" - 35"||9.75"||7"|
|Large||35" - 40"||9.75"||7"|
|XL||40" - 45"||9.75"||7"|
|2XL||45" - 50"||9.75"||7"|
|3XL||50" - 55"||9.75"||7"|
|All measurements taken in inches|