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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)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...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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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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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?

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 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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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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65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture,has been advised bed rest for a month.Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so ! which kind?

65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture,has been advised bed rest for a month.Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so ! which kind?

Need more inform-: -ation. What was fractured, & how did it happen. Trip, slipped,on stairs. Also your age & do you have osteoporosis? Was it hip or pelvis? Guess age is 65, sorry. Bed rest for a month is very bad @ that age. If it's a hip it should be fixed so she can be up & around. If pelvis, my patients take pain meds & get up and about as much as they can. In this case pain meds R needed 2 control it so can go. ...Read more