There are many types of back braces available, but there are two types of back braces that are most widely used, lumbosacral orthosis (LSO) and thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO). The primary uses for any back brace are to: reduce pain by restricting mobility of the trunk, facilitate healing following injury or surgical procedure, or increase stability and support of the spine due to weak muscles. The spine is separated into 4 major sections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral. These sections of the spine are each responsible for different motions and functional activities, and therefore require differing amounts of stability and motion to function properly.
Lumbosacral orthosis (LSO) is a less restrictive type of back brace that provides stability to the lumbar and sacral sections of the spine through focused immobilization and support of the spine. LSOs also provide pain relief by reducing motion of the individual vertebrae. Indications for a LSO may include: low back pain, herniation of lumbar intervertebral disc, post-surgery, degenerative disc disease, lumbar fracture, osteoarthritis and stenosis.
Thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO), unlike a LSO, is a more restrictive type of back brace that is used to support, correct or block motion in any one or combination of directions. They may be made of hard plastic, heavy cloth or metal and is fitted from the breast bone to just above the pubic area. A TLSO may be indicated for diagnosis such as: spinal fractures or fusions, herniated or degenerated discs, chronic back pain, osteoporosis, scoliosis or trunk weakness.
If you are experiencing back pain or dysfunction, a physical therapist can help to determine if you would benefit from the use of a back brace and what type of brace is best for your particular condition. We work with patients requiring back braces in the Clermont 34711 area!