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Old 01-28-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Lumbar corset!

Is there a difference between a lumbar corset and a back brace/belt? I was persribed a lumbar corset and when I went to get it, I was given a back belt. I do not know if it will help or not. I am four months post-op from a laminectomy and I thought that I was doing better. Two months out, the pain came back. I have been through PT and medication. I just got another ESI injection. I am going to try the brace to see if it will help. I am too young for anymore surgery. The surgeon would probably do it, but the chances are not too good for two level fusion at my age and the disk replacement is not approved for two levels yet.

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Old 01-28-2006, 04:52 PM   #2
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Re: Lumbar corset!

Hi girl,

The corset that the orthotics company gave me when my doc prescribed a support one time. It reminded me of the actual corsets we've seen in literature of years and years ago. It was made of strong cotton with staves all around, not just in the area of the spine. It was fitted to me, being tightly laced up, then it could be pulled off with the velcro wrap over pieces once tightly matched to your body. I was not able to wear it though, as I have deformed ribs which the staves would not flex over, so as a substitue was given a wide elastic wrap with a wide stave at the spine area. Really looked like the wide work belts you see at Wal-Mart and the hardware stores and often see workers loading heavy stock wear at such stores except theirs don't have the stave in the back. This belt was much more comfortable and I use it when I'm to do any lifting or heavier objects or if I'm mowing. I believe that the orthotics place classifed both as a brace and billed the black elastic support as a brace to the insurance company, but they called the laced up item a corset brace. It was ridiculous what the insurance company paid for that elastic belt.

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