How is your back doing?
Do you currently have a compression fracture that needs attention?
1.) The Nature of a Compression Fracture
Compression fractures are unfortunately common and found within the spine. They are caused by axial load and flexion of the spine to the point where the anterior aspect of the vertebrae compresses and fractures under the stress.
Unfortunately, many people can have compression fractures and not realize it, thinking it is just back pain from growing older and having “arthritis”. They may keep pain medication close by and if the fracture does not heal, the individual can become more depressed as the pain lingers on. – Increased breathing problems and compromised posture can result from these kinds of fractures.
2.) Two Groups of People Who Suffer Most From Compression Fractures
Typically, there are 2 general types of situations when someone sustains a compression fracture:
A.) Individuals that have osteoporosis, which has caused bone-weaking.
B.) People that suffer from cancer that has now reached the bones of their spine (vertebrae).
3.) Back Braces For Support vs Other Treatment Options
People have choices when it comes to treating a fracture. You could do nothing and see what happens (not recommended). A person could also go in for a surgery, or the same individual could use a back brace as a useful conservative treatment option to help them heal their spinal fracture.
4.) Stopping Flexion of the Spine – Why This Can Be Important!
There are many types of back braces available, some are prefabricated and others are custom made. Depending on where your fracture exists will partially dictate what kind of brace you will need to get. – Often times, compression fractures are located in the thoracolumbar junction (in the middle of your back). Fractures in the spine do not always happen at this thoracolumbar junction and can actually occur anywhere.
Essentially, when a person uses a back brace to help promote healing in this scenario, they are preventing flexion at the fracture site. Preventing recurrent flexion on the vertebra that is fractured is beneficial and promotes healing. When you stop flexion, you allow your body a chance to heal because you are not constantly aggravating the issue at hand.
5.) Finding A Brace Provider (Licensed Orthotist ) Near You
It is important to work with a licensed brace specialist near you for best result. These individuals are known as orthotists. – It is important to work with these specialists for many reasons. For example, they have to earn their credentials in orthotics, pass exams on bracing, and take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. These individuals know which brace to fit you with due to your body type and size. They will evaluate you in conjunction with your doctors request to help you get the brace you need.
When it comes to the health of your spine and bracing, would you want to work with a specialist, or would anybody be ok? – We pose this question to you.
Note: This is not medical advice. This is health information. Every person’s medical situation is different so it is important that you speak with your local, licensed orthotist regarding your orthotic treatment.