Bracing can be used to help with acute pain, such as pain that results from an injury or surgery, or chronic pain, such as pain that results from a long-term condition. Braces reduce pain and help healing by providing support, stability, and limiting motion to a range of less painful movements. Bracing can be directed towards bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles.
Some patients who may find bracing to be beneficial include those with carpal tunnel syndrome, for whom a wrist brace worn at night or during part of the day can reduce pain and tingling; those suffering from low back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis; those with a muscle strain or sprain; those experience spine-related neck pain, such as what might result from whiplash or a tumor; those with osteoarthritis or a compression fracture; those with rheumatoid arthritis; and those with a spinal cord injury.
In order to avoid the negative health effects that can accompany becoming accustomed to a brace, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions pertaining to how and when a brace should be worn.
Side effects and outcomes are unique to each patient and will be discussed before any treatment options are prescribed.