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Doctor insights on: Back Support Belt For Obese People

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Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

No!: Elastic support belts or braces do not keep you safe when doing heavy lifting at work. Only your brain keeps you safe. These belts and braces only serve as a "reminder" to be safe. Relying on them for support and safety is a common mistake that often leads to back issues. Rely on them only as a reminder tool. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Can a lumbo sacral support belt,help my lower back pain and my sciatica?

Can a lumbo sacral support belt,help my lower back pain and my sciatica?

Possibly: However do not rely on that belt all the time as it will make your muscles weaker and you may make things worse. Belts/supports are typically helpful in situations when you need to do activity. ...Read more

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How do you wear a lumbar support belt for moderate to severe low back pain?

How do you wear a lumbar support belt for moderate to severe low back pain?

Securely: If your physician has prescribed a lumbar support the medical supply store professional or physician should should show you how to wear it. It should not cause discomfort and should fit securely. You should not have any pressure on your sternum and should be comfortable while sitting. ...Read more

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Can i wear a gurtle / support belt after a c-section?

Can i wear a gurtle / support belt after a c-section?

Girdle ok: Wearing a girdle as extra added support for your abdominal muscles is perfectly fine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

They do not work: Do not waste your money. Hernia belts do not prevent the hernia from getting worse or causing problems. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Lumbar disease: The best treatment is to work on the core muscles, and train your body to maintain better posture. Alexander technique is one of the programs that works on posture and alignment of the spine. The lumbar belt is more for support, but does not help to attain proper alignment. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

Short duration: It depends on your symptoms and what you do on a daily basis (e.g. Exertional sports or laborious job duties, etc). In general, we do not recommend excessive or prolonged use of back braces/belts as there is potential for deconditioning of the spine muscles (which should be strengthened). However, in some cases where you can't get away from heavy duty work, it can be a short term option. ...Read more

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I am obese and severally depressed. My weight is causing me to have back problems. Knee problems. I am isolating from people because they hurt me .?

I am obese and severally depressed.  My weight is causing me to have back problems. Knee problems.  I am isolating from people because they hurt me .?

Depression: Ask your doctor for a referral to a veteran mental health practitioner who specializes in both weight control and depression. You can be helped, reach out and give yourself the chance for growth. Best ...Read more

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I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

Healthy weight range: Your body mass index (BMI) is just over 31. BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. 20 to 25 is desirable. For you, that would mean weighing 120-155. Work on cutting back high calorie foods, sugary drinks like soda. Reduce processed foods. Focus on more whole foods, cooked from scratch, without a lot of added fat (deep fried, cream sauces, etc.). And don't forget to include regular exercise. ...Read more

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