Low back pain is one of the most expensive non-life-threatening problems treated by the medical community. According to the 1997 National Health Survey, there were 12,731,000 individuals in the U.S. with low back pain impairment - an average of 70.3 per thousand of the entire American population. As the number of cases continues to rise both in frequency and number, the insistence on effective conservative treatments has continued to grow.
The goal of bracing is to provide the patient, therapist and physician with an opportunity for effective therapeutic treatment of low back pain. Bracing is indicated for medical purposes to support or to immobilize fractures, strains or sprains of the trunk of the body, or as an adjunct to postoperative physical therapy.
Brace treatment should be considered to achieve the following goals:
- To assist the patient in gaining an understanding of, and use of, proper body mechanics in daily activity
- To provide pain relief, improvement in function, and prevent further injury
- To allow the patient to participate in reconditioning and rehabilitation therapy
- To reduce the recovery period
- For wound protection and proper body mechanics following surgery