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Carol asked...

I have a lot of back pain.

I had back surgery 3 times 8 years ago and I have a lot of back pain. Is there a back brace I can wear, if so what kind?

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The answer

There is no ‘one size fits all’ back brace. Braces are not routinely recommended long term because they can result in the muscles of your back becoming weaker. Keeping the muscles of your back strong is essential to avoid more problems in the long term. A lumbar support for your chair may help, but back braces and lumbar supports are not routinely recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) because of lack of evidence of their effectiveness.

For many people with back pain, exercise regimes that aim to improve your posture or strengthen the muscles of your back – such as Alexander technique or Pilates – can bring long term benefits. If you are suffering, speak to your GP about the possibility of a referral for an assessment by a physiotherapist to discuss the whole range of treatment options which might be suitable for you.
Answered by Dr Sarah Jarvis.


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