Why Do I Need An Adjustable Lumbar Back Belt for Lower Spine Stabilization?
Trauma, aging, and structural abnormalities present since birth can all lead to problems with your spine. In the vast majority of cases, these can be remedied with conservative non-surgical methods, possibly even with the help of this back stabilizer.
This low back belt can help with numerous different causes of back pain or conditions including:
- Lumbar mechanical back pain
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative discs
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Facet syndrome
In the rare case when it is necessary to endure a surgical procedure, this corset back brace can be the perfect tool to help speed up your recovery. This spondylolisthesis surgery recovery brace can help after a laminectomy, foraminotomy, IDET procedures, anterior laparoscopic fusion, poster lateral fusion for multilevel decompression.
What Features Does this Back Brace Have?
- Abdominal Compression: One feature of this lumbar back support is the abdominal compression that provides a hydrostatic lift for the spine, meaning it helps to reduce the pressure that is placed on the tissues in your lumbar or thoracic back region. The back belt for postoperative use also supports weak muscles and limits harmful motions such as twisting or bending of your buttock area.
- Mechanical Advantage Pulley System: Another important feature of this spondylolisthesis pain relief support is the mechanical advantage pulley system which allows you to easily apply compression in a matter of seconds, with just one hand. The low-friction pulley system amplifies your force by five, making it easy to achieve a high degree of compression. This allows you to completely customize the level of compression you need applied to your back. It also helps achieve compression to your specific body shape and size, adding to the customizability of this back stabilizer support. This compression can help control or reduce swelling, as well as relieving pain while moving.
- The smooth pulley system of the back brace for spondylolisthesis treatment also lets you to easily adjust the support as you transition from a seated to a standing position or vice versa. This helps make you achieve a comfortable level of compression no matter what activities you are partaking in.
- After you've adjusted the tension, simply attach the pulley cord to the brace at the front of the body. This means you don’t have to worry about stressful or frustrating twisting, which could ultimately harm your back further.
- Velcro Closures:The closures of the post-surgery lumbar back support are Velcro, making it easy to apply, remove, or adjust the brace—even if you suffer from arthritis of the hands.
- Breathable and Comfortable:The back brace for degenerative spondylolisthesis treatment conforms to the body as you cinch the belt, ensuring a streamlined and comfortable fit. The lightweight mesh material keeps you from overheating when wearing the spinal support belt. It also comes in a neutral black color and can be worn over or under your clothes, whichever you prefer.
- Front & Back Stabilization Panels: 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 surrounded by a breathable padding for comfort and to prevent sweating or overheating. This panel provides support from the top of the lumbar spine down to the sacrum at its base.
An important feature of this back support corset, especially for those who are using this brace post-surgery, is that the front and back panels can be removed depending upon the level of support you need. This allows you to gradually decrease your dependency on the brace. During the healing process after back surgery, your should gradually ease off the dependency of the brace. The back panel will immobilize your S1 to L1 lumbar spine immediately after surgery - but you should not rely on this for too long. You want your spine to heal and to train your muscles to function on their own. Removing the back panel turns this brace into a regular corset style lumbar compression belt - great for the later stages of recovery.
Check out our complete selection of Back stabilizers for post surgery recovery. Looking for a less heavy-duty elastic or corset lower back support? BraceAbility has many simple lumbar supports for mild back pain or those who are already in the later stages of surgery recovery.
An Effective Treatment Brace for Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis is a common condition that leads to pain and discomfort in your back. This condition occurs when one of the vertebrates in your spine shifts out of position, typically forward or backward. It is more common for spondylolisthesis to occur in your lumbar spine (5th and 4th vertebra), but can also be found in your thoracic or cervical regions of your spine.
Wondering if you have spondylolisthesis? Read more to learn about the symptoms and causes of this condition.
Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are closely related conditions that are easily confused with each other. Spondylolysis basically is when the bones that act as the bridge connecting the upper and lower facet joints of the spine weaken, leading to a separation in the pars interarticularis. Spondylolysis is the result of a stress fracture, which causes the bones to shift out of place.
Both of 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 includes efforts to reduce the amount of stress on the low back.
Such treatment options might involve the following:
- Physical therapy to increase the strength and flexibility of your back, legs, and abdomen
- Exercises for spondylolisthesis such as these, help to strengthen the surrounding muscles of the injured region of your back, promoting the healing process
- Wearing a back support brace. Such braces for spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis can help immobilize the spine reducing the amount of stress that is placed on the lumbar spine.
- Ice/heat therapy can help reduce your pain from many conditions especially if you are experiencing a lot of swelling. Try wearing an ice and heat wrap to easily apply and compress to your back.
- Anti-inflammatory medications can also help to reduce swelling and pain.
In some cases, spondylolisthesis surgery is necessary to prevent the slippage from worsening. Again, this back brace above 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. The removable feature of this brace can help those who need to change the level of compression pre or post surgery recovery.
Similarly, the stabilization and support this lightweight lumbar back brace provides make it compatible with treating a number of other conditions involving the discs, muscles or even the spaces of the spine.
How Does This Lumbar Orthosis Help with 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 your 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 your low back is one constant. Sometimes this alone is enough to ease the 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, this brace for low-back pain can help. Easing pressure on the tissues of the spine via abdominal compression can do wonders for easing your 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 your 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, this brace 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions does this back brace treat?
Treats the following sources of low-back pain: mechanical back issues, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, bulging discs, and facet syndrome. It can also be used for post surgery recovery.
How do I know which size to get?
Using a fabric tape measurer, measure the circumference around your waist at the narrowest part of your torso, in inches. This brace fits 25”-55” waist circumferences.
How do I adjust the compression of the brace?
To adjust the brace, pull the handle of the pulley until you’ve reached your desired level of compression.
How do I put on the brace?
Center the brace in the middle of your spine with the bottom of the brace sitting on your hips. Next, wrap the brace around your waist, using the hand straps. Pull the handle of the pulley out until you’ve reached your desired level of tightness. Finally, bring the pulley handle forward and secure it to the Velcro on the front of the brace. (refer to the directions above for illustrations.
Can I wash the brace?
Yes, remove the front panels and close the Velcro on the mechanical pulley feature. Then hand wash the brace in warm water with mild soap. The brace should be air-dried, do use high temperatures to wash or dry.
|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|