How to Choose the Best Back Brace

Back pain is an extremely common condition which can sometimes be classified as a constant ache or a sudden, sharp jolt. While rest is important while recovering from back injury or pain, it has been shown that staying in bed for an extended period of time does not help. Using a back brace to relieve the pain to help you stay mobile is an important step on the road to recovery. Keep reading to see which back brace style may be best for you.

Compression Wrap

A basic compression wrap for the low back is a great option for light support and instant pain relief without restricting motion. We recommend this option for mild back pain or to wear for light support during activity. BioSkin’s Lumbar Compression Wrap provides customizable back support and compression. There is a velcro attachment site inside the wrap which allows you to choose between the Flexible Lumbar Support or the Lumbar Pad for additional support or targeted spinal compression.

Lumbar Belt Brace

For moderate back pain, a lumbar belt brace may be a better option than the simple compression wrap. A lumbar belt brace like the Vector Lumbar Support uses a dual-pulley system to draw in a firm lumbar panel into your lower back. This provides targeted, posterior compression and a higher level of stabilization to the spine. The Vector Lumbar Support also includes two hot / cold gel pads that slide into the pocket on the lumbar panel. The gel pad can be placed in the microwave for soothing heat, or in the freezer for pain-relieving cold.

Rigid Support Brace

If more support and stabilization is required, a rigid support back brace may be the best option. A back brace like the Back Flex Lumbar Brace is similar to the lumbar belt option but also includes rigid front panels. The firm front panels provide greater posture control and pain relief than the Vector Lumbar Support. The Back Flex also uses a dual-pulley system for targeted, posterior compression and includes two gel pads that can slide into the pocket in the lumbar panel. The ergonomic design and flexible lumbar panel is easy to use and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

Shop by Injury

If you are experiencing back pain and would like to learn more about common spine injuries, click here for our Injury Education Center. We discuss back injuries such as Herniated DiscsSciatica, and Spinal Stenosis, list common symptoms, and show recommended back braces.

Remember to always consult with your doctor if you are unsure which option is best for you. If you have any additional questions about our products, you can use the live chat feature of the website, email [email protected], or give us a call at 866-830-5777.

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