MAC Plus Lumbar Spine Decompression Belt & Laminectomy Recovery Brace

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The Best Lumbar Decompression Back Brace for Surgical and Non-Surgical Recovery 

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:

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.

How Can this Lower Back Belt Help with Lumbar Fusion and More?

This decompression back belt for stenosis and more produces intracavitary pressure that reduces force on the discs of your spine. The low-friction pulley system of this decompression back brace makes it easy to apply this pressure. It amplifies your force by a three-to-one ratio, for smooth, easy generation of abdominal pressure.

This pulley system is so easy to operate that you can control it using just one hand, even after decompression surgery when you are feeling weak. This pulley system also makes it easy to adjust the back brace for compression fracture care as you shift from a standing to a sitting position or vice versa.

The belt for spinal compression fracture treatment comes with a tall posterior panel for additional support. This is another feature that makes it appropriate for those going through laminectomy or microdiscectomy surgery recovery.

Leading up to and shortly after these spinal decompression surgeries, you can use the back panel for added support and protection against damaging movement. It supports the lumbar spine from the L1 to the L5 vertebra—in other words, the entire lumbar spine.

As you go through the recovery process for a laminectomy or discectomy and mobility and strength improve, you can remove the 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.

Decompression Belt Geared for User Comfort

The back panel as well as the spinal decompression belt contours to your body. Plus you can adjust the panel’s height.

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 could cause further damage after a spinal laminectomy or microdiscectomy surgery.

Adding to its comfort factor, the compression fracture back brace is lightweight and breathable. Plus it is so low profile it can even fit beneath clothes. This makes the spinal decompression back brace that much less of an inconvenience to wear.

The brace for lumbar disc decompression comes in a simple, black color.

Lumbar Decompression Treatment for Back Pain

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 a microdiscectomy and a laminectomy.

What’s 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. 

As you go through lumbar laminectomy or microdiscectomy recovery, you can remove the panel, creating a more flexible brace that still offers support.

Non-surgical Treatment of Lumbar 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 a brace, 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.

Other go-to steps for treating low-back pain without surgery include:

FAQs on the Decompression Back Belt

  • 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. It comes in sizes fitting waist circumferences ranging from 25 inches to 50 inches. 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 is a breathable mesh material. The rigid back panel is a durable plastic material. You can secure the brace using its Velcro closure.
  • 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 to jut 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.
  • Other features: 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.
  • Color: Black. 
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