The lumbar corset design primarily will reduce trunk motion and aide in pain management and provides a mild lumbar stabilization. This is achieved with increased intra-abdominal pressure and three point pressure system with additional posterior stays.
Corset materials can vary depending on physician preference, degree of discomfort and acceptance by the patient.
The elastic lumbosacral corset is simple to don and doff and the patient wearing compliance is normally good. Fastening is normally achieved with Velcro. The elastic corset design is normally used for a mild form of discomfort.
The canvas or cotton corset normally is secured with hook and eye and/or snaps in the front with strapping system with multiple pulls on each side to tighten the garment. Normally, metal stays are used posteriorly for additional support. This design is appropriate for more involved discomfort with the tightening abilities in multiple areas depending on the patient’s symptomatology.
§ Strain or sprain of the back
§ Mild Lumbar trauma
§ Herniated nucleus pulposus
§ Compression fracture
§ Spinal stenosis
§ Disc degeneration
§ Spina bifida
§ Vertebral Osteomyelitis
§ Degenerative Disk Disease
It is important to follow your physician’s instructions as to wearing protocol. Normally, the brace is used when you are active and ambulating.
DON AND DOFF INSTRUCTIONS
§ It is suggested to apply the corset while lying on your back with your knees flexed (bent). The lower front edge of the garment should be just above the pubic bone. Center the back midway and pull and tighten the Velcro closure.
§ The garment should be kept as tight as tolerated to achieve maximum pain relief and support.
§ Wash by hand with mild soap and water.
§ Rinse thoroughly.
§ Elastic garments should be flat on towel to dry.
Elastic fabrics can be damaged by excessive heat, body oils, greases and ointments. It is recommended that frequent washing will enhance the long-term life of the garment.
Wear a cotton shirt under the garment for additional protection and better hygiene.