Brace yourself… today we’re talking about using orthopedic braces as part of the plan to improve your pain and overall function. Specifically, we’re going to address using braces as a minimally invasive way of improving back and knee pain.
Back pain is the second most common reason people see a healthcare provider. In fact, about 70-85% of adults have suffered from back pain at some point in their lifetime. And the prevalence of this issue only continues to rise with the increasingly compromised health of individuals in our country. For some people, back pain resolves spontaneously with interventions such as rest, ice, heat, or over-the-counter medication. However, for those who have chronic back pain the options for further management more often than not lead down the road of opioid medication or surgery, which don’t always solve the problem. The pain itself stems from aggravated surrounding soft tissue, compressed nerves, muscle spasming as a result of compensation or a combination of these. Along with this the abdominal muscles have weakened over time and no longer support the core and the back in the way they should. Using an LSO (lumbar-sacral orthosis) brace is one of the treatment modalities we offer to help support a client during daily activities and during activities known to be bothersome for their back pain where they need extra core support. The brace helps support the core and has a pulley system which allows for mild increase of the joint spaces in the back, which is helpful for individuals suffering from bulging discs. Studies have shown that using a LSO brace decreases reported pain level, improved daily function, and decreased the need for medication.
Knee pain is another common reason people see a healthcare provider. A common cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative disorder and in the knees is primarily caused by misalignment of the knee joint. Over time, this misalignment causes wear and tear to the bone & cartilage and also causes irritation to surrounding tissues. The brace offers mechanical offloading and realigns the knee(s) into a neutral position. Research has shown that knee braces are an effective way to manage knee pain. There are even studies that have indicated braces are more effective than knee replacement surgery.
Our goal at REVIV is to provide you with minimally invasive ways to manage pain and braces are an important part of the process.