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Back Braces For Herniated Discs
No: Several studies have shown that back braces do not reduce work place injuries. However, there is evidence to show that back braces can help maintian a proper lifting posture, and therefore some workers choose to use a back brace. Wearing a back brace has not been shown to be harmful, and therefore if it provides a "feel good" effect then by all means wear it. ...Read more
Not long term: There are a variety of braces that can be worn to "improve" posture problems; from fairly flexible to quite rigid. The problem is that they result in atrophy and stiffness which can ultimately worsen the problem. Strengthening of the core and postural exercises is much better. One should also get an exam and X-ray to make sure there is not an underlying spinal deformity. ...Read more
The wire has come out of my back braces bracket and i don't have time to go to the orthodontist, what should I do?
Cut the wire: with wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the brace. As you are cutting the wire, place your finger on the wire you are cutting off so that it doesn’t fly off towards the back of the mouth. If the wire is not poking you and you are not in any pain, just call your orthodontist to schedule an appointment for repair at your convenience. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I slipped & fell. can that aggravate my lumbar herniated discs? I was feeling real good but now I have pain. will fall take me step back on rehab?
I have herniated discs, lumber. I am getting worse, supposed to have surgery. When I have a bm, i get an intense pain in my back. Is this emergent?
As always...Depends: Herniated discs are sometimes just an incidental finding and not always the cause of back pain. It is important to have a board-certified physician work you up to determine the cause of your back pain. The most common cause of back pain is musculoskeletal which is treated with heat/ice, rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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