Lumbar Sacral Braces are made from a variety of materials and provide different degrees
of support. Rigid braces are commonly referred to as Taylor Braces. These back
braces are often fitted following lumbar spinal surgery, such as laminectomies and
vertebral fusions. Taylor braces are sometimes used to treat fractures, osteoporosis
and other degenerative changes in the spine. If the condition involves thoracic vertebrae,
an extended version of the brace is used with straps that go over the shoulders.
Boston overlap braces are custom made thermoplastic back braces. They are frequently
used to treat stress fractures and scoliosis in teenagers and spinal weakness/degeneration
in older patients. Like Taylor braces, they significantly restrict flexion/ extension
and lateral flexion of the spine.
Lumbar Sacral Braces are also made from elastic materials with Velcro closures. These
are less restrictive than the aforementioned braces, and thus less cumbersome to
wear. These range from basic abdominal wraps (commonly fitted following abdominal
surgery) to double panel, reinforced braces for greater support. All of these braces
are designed to be worn under clothing. However, it’s advisable to wear a singlet
between the brace and your skin.
Braces are also available for different types of hernias. These include abdominal
and inguinal hernias (single and double). Other braces are designed to restrict
movement at the sacroiliac joints. These are thin braces, and worn just below your
waist. They are commonly worn during or following pregnancy.
Furthermore, lumbar support cushions are available for home and car use.