Can Lumbar Support Devices Relieve Lower Back Pain? – Yahoo Sports

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Lower back pain is something that impacts an array of people from all types and ages. However, recent studies and insight claim that lumbar support devices can assist in providing pain relief for those who suffer from chronic back pain. By supporting the area of the back that is in question, these devices provide stability and safety for those ailed by lower back pain.

Key Takeaways:

  • A simple lumbar support device, or back brace, can provide short-term relief, research shows, according to an analysis of 28 studies published in the September 2016 issue of the Annals of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine journal.
  • Lumbar devices typically fit around your waist and are secured with Velcro. They often have a steel or plastic plate attached to the section that would press against the patient’s lower back to provide support; some have over-the-shoulders straps.
  • People who suffer mild to moderate subacute back pain should put on a back brace as soon as their discomfort sets in, says Scott Bautch, a chiropractor in Wasau, Wisconsin, and president of the American Chiropractic Association’s council on occupational health.

“Those suffering from such discomfort might feel moderate to mild pain that is not debilitating. In severe cases, they could feel like a giant electrified claw has claimed the lower part of their back, tearing into each nerve in that part of the body.”