What is a lumbosacral belt?
Lumbosacral belts are the belts that are worn on the lower back.region. The belt essentially covers the lumbar vertebrae (lower part of the spine) and the Sacrum (the triangular bone below the lumbar region. It is designed to provide support to the lower back.
Who needs a lumbosacral belt?
Lower Back Pain is a very common complaint in the general population. It is caused by either an underlying medical condition, a traumatic injury (such as a road traffic accident), or by poor posture.
The medical conditions include s arthritis, scoliosis, ankylosing spondylitis and disc degeneration.
The main symptoms of lower back pain ailment are:
- If the pain persists longer than 72 hours and occurs for no apparent reason.
- Lower back pain can range from pain in the lower back alone – to pain with or without numbness in the legs.
- Pain in the lower right back with pain radiating down the right leg.
Why use LS belt?
Wearing a Lumbosacral belt will help by providing you comfort and will decrease the pain by reducing pressure on the spine.
- It will help in the fast healing of Spondylitis, lumbosacral Spondylosis etc.
- Provide good support to lower back
- Improves the quality of life of the patient
- To be used while lifting up things for work or gym
- Helps for immobilization/positioning of spinal cord post surgery.
Types of LS belt
Contoured lumbosacral belts– Easily moldable, optimized for human use
Non Contoured lumbosacral belts-Rigid belt
- High-quality elastic used with soft foam.
- Velcro for easy removal and wearing of the belt
- Uniquely designed with an overlapping belt to provide additional lift in the abdominal area
- Available in different sizes
- Designed with hook and loop closure
- Facilitates airflow to the lower back
How wear the belt?
Make sure the back brace you bought is the proper size. You can measure your size by measuring your lower back. Seek assistance from the store staff if you are having problems measuring your body. Once you have the back brace on, make sure it covers your entire lower back and your tailbone for better support.
Should I keep the belt while sleeping?
The belt can be used at night but should be worn on the night clothing. You want to avoid moisture and sweat while you wear the back brace to keep the risk of skin ulcers low.
How often should you wear a belt?
It depends on whether they are in pain and what activities you are doing. The more pain you have, the more frequently you will want to use a brace. However, the only time you should wear a brace for extended periods of time is if you are currently in pain. The pain can be acute (sudden strong onset), or chronic in which the back hurts most of the time. A back brace can help you get through the day, even if you aren’t lifting much. Fortunately, acute pain doesn’t last too long. Once you are in a lower level of pain (or, perhaps pain-free), you will be able to use the brace less often.
Are there disadvantages in using the belt?
One of the disadvantages of using a back support is that it can bring about the weakness of your spine if you wear it too excessively or rely on it too much.