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The Best Lumbar Decompression Back Belt Before and After Surgery
Chronic low back pain stemming from degenerative changes in the spine is quite common. In fact, such changes in the spine are evident in an estimated 95% of those over the age of 50, with the lumbar spine being the most common site of pain. Such degeneration can lead to the following back pain-causing conditions:
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs
- Spine compression fractures
- Facet syndrome
Treatment of spinal injuries typically focuses on reducing pressure on its tissues, which can ease pain and inflammation. That is where back decompression comes into play.
There are both surgical and non-surgical modes of spinal decompression treatment, but in either case, the goal is the same: to relieve pressure on one or several pinched nerves of the spinal cord.
No matter what route you take, this medical back support belt from BraceAbility should be part of your full recovery plan!
What is Spinal Decompression?
The word “decompression” typically refers to lumbar decompression surgery to create more space for the nerve root(s) and create a better healing environment.
This might be necessary if you are dealing with lumbar pain stemming from a compression fracture of the back, a herniated disc, sciatica, or spinal stenosis, for example.
Two of the most common types of lumbar decompression surgery are microdiscectomy and laminectomy.
What is the Difference Between a Microdiscectomy and Laminectomy Procedure?
Lumbar microdiscectomy involves removing a small portion of a bone or disc material above or below the nerve root to relieve pressure on it. This is often the procedure of choice if you are dealing with leg pain stemming from a herniated disc, often referred to as sciatica.
Decompressive laminectomy is a similar procedure that is often used if your low back pain stems from spinal stenosis or a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine. For this procedure, a surgeon removes bone spurs or enlarged ligaments that are cutting into the space within your spine.
In some cases, spinal fusion will be performed with a laminectomy. Fusing the joint can help stabilize it after a laminectomy, reducing the risk of complications such as post-laminectomy syndrome.
Laminectomy syndrome is where the back pain persists after surgery. This can occur due to structural changes in the spine or because the nerve root is unable to heal, even after pressure on it has been removed. This is another instance where the compression and support of the MAC Plus belt may be needed.
Recovery from microdiscectomy or laminectomy will involve limiting motion and protecting the back. This back belt with its back panel is great for this, as it limits side-to-side movements of the torso, reduces pressure on the lumbar spine and supports the weakened tissues of your back.
Non-surgical Treatment of Lumbar Lower Back Pain
While surgery is often necessary to achieve lasting pain relief, such procedures do come with risks and a high cost. Therefore, there are non-surgical steps you can take first or instead of undergoing lumbar laminectomy or microdiscectomy surgery.
Wearing Cybertech (now Ottobock) back braces, like this, is one such method since the intra-abdominal pressure it creates eases pressure on the spine. The lumbar spinal decompression brace also limits harmful motion so that healing can occur. Wearing back braces for work is especially helpful to avoid further injury.
Other go-to steps for treating low-back pain without surgery include:
- Stay at home to rest the back and avoid aggravating activities.
- Use ice and heat therapy to manage pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
- Improve your posture. A brace with a chair-back insert like this can help, especially when you’re sitting. Or you might want to check out some of our other posture braces.
- Strengthen and improve the flexibility of the back by doing certain stretches and exercises. But since some exercises can actually make the situation worse, always consult a professional about what you should/should not be doing.
5 Reasons Why People Love This Corset Back Brace by Ottobock
This lumbar back brace is a great solution whether you’re recovering from surgery or treating your injury non-surgically. Here are some of the top features that make this brace a great option for treating low back pain:
Simple-To-Use, Cybertech Pulley Decompression System
The Cybertech-patented pulley system on this brace is so simple and effortless to use that even if you feel weak following a big surgery you’ll be able to achieve the desired degree of compression on your own with just one hand.
Comfortable and Breathable Materials
This belt is constructed from a soft mesh fabric that is lightweight enough to avoid heat buildup, and low profile enough to allow the brace to be worn under clothes if desired.
Removable and Adjustable Back Panel
As you go through the recovery process for a laminectomy or discectomy and mobility and strength improve, you can remove the heavy-duty, hard plastic back brace panel, giving you a bit more flexibility than the chair-back version of the belt allows. You will not need any special tools to remove the panel. The multiple notches on the panel allow you to adjust the height as well, ensuring that it fits where you need it.
Supports Your Lumbar Spine from the L1 to L5 Vertebrae
This brace is specifically designed to support the entire lumbar spine, all the way from the L1 to the L5 vertebrae. This area of the spine is often the culprit for any type of lower back pain.
Easy and Painless Application Process
Putting on the brace for spinal decompression therapy is as simple as wrapping it around the torso and securing the pull tab to the Velcro closure at the front of the body. The front closure means you don’t have to twist your torso, which is good because it could cause further damage after a spinal laminectomy or microdiscectomy surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Lumbosacral Decompression Back Brace
- What conditions/injuries does this belt treat? The step-down system of this support is great for pre-op, post-op, and through rehabilitation for stabilization after spinal fusion, laminectomy, laminotomy, foraminotomy, laparoscopic disc replacement, discectomy, IDET procedures, and multi-level decompression. Such procedures may be needed to treat chronic or mechanical low back pain stemming from a burst fracture, facet syndrome, lumbar disc displacement, osteoporosis, disc degeneration, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. It can also be used for the non-surgical treatment of these conditions.
- How does it work? The pulley system of the corset back belt amplifies your force to compress the abdomen, producing pressure that lessens the load on the tissues of the spine, easing the pain. The brace comes with a rigid back panel that stretches from the top (L1) to the bottom of the lumbar spine (L5), supporting the low back and limiting potentially damaging movements of your back. As your treatment progresses, you may want to remove this panel to allow more movement and rebuild back strength.
- Who can wear this brace for laminectomy back surgery? Both men and women can wear this low-back brace. The height of the rigid back panel increases slightly as you go up in size.
- What is this support made of? The belt of the corset back brace support is a breathable mesh material. The rigid back panel is a durable plastic material. You can secure the brace using its fastener closure device.
- How do I put it on? While standing, position the brace behind you so the back panel is centered on your spine and sits just above your tailbone. Wrap the left side of the brace around your body, then wrap the right side around you and attach the Velcro closure to secure the brace. Pull the pulley handle out and away from your body until you reach your desired compression level. Fasten the handle to the fabric band on the front of the brace. The back panel is attached to the belt with rivets, making it easy to remove it if you just want the mild support of the belt.
- Washing Instructions: Remove the rigid back panel. This can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The corset brace can be hand washed in warm water with mild soap. Triple rinse, squeeze, and lay flat to air dry. Avoid twisting the material.
- The belt’s smooth pulley system amplifies your force by three, making it easy to apply compression.
- The low-back support is lightweight and low-profile, even with the contoured panel.
- You won’t need any special tools to add or remove the back panel.
- The pulley system pull tab and the belt itself attach at the front of your body.
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