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OrthoIllinois Chiropractic Finds Back Belts Helpful While Patients Heal

“Should I wear a back support when I have back pain?” That’s a common question OrthoIllinois Chiropractic hears from McHenry chiropractic patients and others in McHenry who feel pain from back pain and/or leg pain. Wearing McHenry back supports has been discussed in the medical literature, and opinion varies even from practitioner to practitioner. The current literature on using back supports suggests that it is worthwhile and beneficial to use one for many when they experience back pain. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic consults with each individual McHenry back pain sufferer to find the answer to the back support question as it relates to his/her particular situation.


OrthoIllinois Chiropractic has heard the concern that back supports may weaken muscles. However, current research alludes that using a back brace does not decisively cause muscle weakness. (1) Elastic lumbar belts improved muscle strengthening, flexibility of lower extremities, flexion, and activities of daily living as well as reduced pain for low back pain patients. (2)


OrthoIllinois Chiropractic encourages activity while healing mixed with rest as necessary. Long past are the days of passive bedrest for most McHenry back pain patients to recover which is why OrthoIllinois Chiropractic recommends gentle, tolerable activity to patients even though they may be worried about moving and causing pain. That is where back belts come into play. Wearing a lumbar belt improves the functional status, pain level and pain medication use. (3) Back braces decreased pain and fear of pain in back pain patients. (4) Wearing a rigid back brace for three months helped 79% of patients with chronic low back pain discover 30% reduction in pain. (5) A soft lumbosacral support is more successful than a rigid one for posture control and pain control. (6) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic likes support belts that are comfortable and supportive.


OrthoIllinois Chiropractic treats many McHenry stenosis patients daily! Spinal stenosis provokes back pain and occasionally other problems for which a back support is valuable. Having spinal stenosis patients with intermittent claudication wear a low back brace showed reduced lordosis (spine curvature) and significant improvement in walking distance of at least 30% improvement in 82% of the patients. (7) 30% is a respectable clinical outcome! Medicine finds that 30% improvement makes an intervention worthy of use. (8) Back braces may be friends for McHenry back pain patients!

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McHenry back pain sufferers using back support belts are supported and reminded to move carefully while healing. 
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