The Different Types of Back Braces Explained

Did you know that some children have to wear a brack brace for 23 hours a day in order for it to be effective? Choosing the perfect back brace might seem overwhelming because there are quite a few different types of back braces to choose from. 

Keep reading to learn all about the most common back braces out there and what they are effective for.

Rigid Braces

With a rigid brace, you will have support after you are injured or after surgery. The brace will be made up of plastic parts that go over your lower back and your stomach, attached with velcro straps. 

For those that suffer from scoliosis, the braces used are usually this rigid type brace to help prevent more curvature of the spine. There are also braces for back and elbows paid for by medicare that you can look into for your needs.

One of the most common back braces is the Boston brace. This provides support from the shoulder to the tailbone and from below the chest to the pelvis in the front. A Boston brace has to be worn at all times, except when you are bathing or swimming. 

Another common type of rigid brace is a Charleston brace. This is specifically for scoliosis patients to wear while they are sleeping. 

Functional Back Support

This type of brace is flat, light, and fairly comfortable. A functional back support brace is designed to deliver lower back control by allowing the person wearing it to balance their stability and activation. 

It also is able to restrict rotational movements to give the spine maximum support. 

Soft Braces

Soft braces are made out of soft, breathable fabric and velcro closures or elastic. This brace compresses the abdominal region and it relieves pressure from the spine because it supports the muscles that have to hold up the skeletal structure. 

With this type of brace, it allows forward motion of the spine making the brace a bit more comfortable than a hard case one. This brace helps someone that has to do a lot of heavy lifting either at work or while at home. It gives all-day support to the delicate back area. 

There are different shapes and sizes of soft braces and you can choose depending on the part of the back that you need it for. There are some soft braces that extend from below the chest to the hips and others that look more like an oversized belt. 

Now You Know the Different Types of Back Braces

As you can see there are different types of back braces to choose from depending on your needs. The most important thing is to choose the best brace for your condition. Back support is very important to help protect the lumbar area and to reduce stress on the muscle and joints in the area.

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