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Lumbosacral back braces, also known as a lumbosacral orthotic (LSO) is a brace that supports the lumbar spine. These braces can be rigid braces or soft braces that are used to support the lower back and relieve pain. These braces are used for a wide variety of conditions. This includes but is not limited to:
How an LSO brace is used
This back brace is used to provide lumbar support and help reduce pain in the lower back. It also does not go as high up on the back compared to a TLSO brace. They also support the back muscles by providing additional support and applying pressure. If you are suffering from lower back pain, LSO braces are also great at providing some relief when you wear them on your lower back. They also help by compressing the abdominal region and which causes the spine to lift resulting in less pressure. Some of the lumbosacral braces also immobilize parts of the spine to help them recover. These devices are also used to help support the spine after surgery.
These devices also come in different styles. They could be a rigid or semi-rigid back brace. The braces can also be used to help treat conditions affecting the sacroiliac joints (SI joints).
Sciatica is a condition that is when pain travels down the sciatic nerve into the leg. The cause of the pain starts at the spine and travels down the hips into the legs. This is often caused by a herniated disk or overgrown bone. The inflammation from these can cause pain, numbness, weakness in the legs and bladder issues.
An LSO brace can relieve the pressure from the herniated disk by immobilizing the area and also the spinal lift by compressing the lower back and lumbar spine.
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis occurs when there is a stress fracture or a weakness in a vertebra in the spine. Around 5% of children experience this condition. Spondylolysis in some cases can cause enough weakness in the vertebra that it then starts to slip or shift. When this happens the condition is called spondylolisthesis.
Spondylolysis usually occurs in the lumbar spine and can cause lower back pain. As a result, the lumbar support from an LSO back brace helps relieve pain from this condition. If you would like to know if an LSO is right for you, consult your doctor. If you have any other questions, contact us!
This condition is when the spinal canal in the spine starts to narrow, causing pressure on the nerves in the spine. The narrowing also causes irritation of the nerves. If the stenosis is in the lower back it can cause lower back pain and also pain or cramping in your legs. This condition can be caused by a number of conditions. These include injuries to the spine, herniated discs, tumours, bone spurs and more.
Back braces like an LSO are used to support the lumbar spine and relieve pressure from that area if the stenosis is in the lower back. Rigid braces and semi-rigid braces are helpful for helping treat the symptoms and also for recovery if surgery is used to treat the stenosis. Contact your doctor to know if you should wear an LSO brace to support your spine and if it will help you find some relief.
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Meeting your Specialist
Your first appointment will include an initial assessment and also a chance to meet your specialist and ask questions.
If you have a prescription from your doctor, be sure to bring it with you.
Be prepared to discuss your medical history and also talk about your goals and expectations. We will also complete a physical assessment and try out a variety of orthotics to see what best meets your needs.
Please dress comfortably and bring shorts. We may need to measure, cast or use 3D-scanning to customize your fit and maximize comfort.
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