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A lumbar corset
is a device that is used to support your lower back. A corset is made of soft material. It is usually tightened with laces that may tie in the back, front, or side. You may also have metal pieces that keep the corset from bending easily. Some styles have straps that can be added to go over your shoulders. The straps will keep the corset up.
Why you may need a lumbar corset:
A lumbar corset works by putting pressure on your abdomen. This takes weight off your spine and joints to help you heal more easily. You may need a lumbar corset if you have low back pain, arthritis, or a degenerative disc disease. A corset can also be used for a short time to treat pain from a sprain or strain. A corset may also be used to stabilize your spine after a fracture or surgery. The corset will remind you not to move in certain directions, or to move more slowly. This will prevent you from moving quickly and causing more injury.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have severe back pain.
- You have numbness or weakness in your legs.
- You have problems urinating or having a bowel movement.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your back pain gets worse when you wear your corset.
- Your skin is sore or raw after you wear your corset.
- Your corset is damaged or broken.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
How to use a lumbar corset:
- Talk to your healthcare provider about the fit of your corset. It is very important that your corset is the right size for you and that it fits properly. The corset should cover the areas that need support. Your healthcare provider will tell you how long the corset should be and how tight to make it.
- Wear your corset as directed. You may need to wear your corset during certain activities or all the time. For example, you may need to wear it during any activity that could injure your back. Check the fit of the corset often. If it does not fit properly or moves out of place, it could cause more injury. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you wear a T-shirt under the corset to protect your skin.
- Care for your corset. Inspect the corset often. Do not wear your corset if it is damaged or broken. You may need a new corset if the strings, laces, or buckles break.
- Start to strengthen your lower back as directed. You may need to work with a physical therapist to strengthen your lower back by doing exercises. Ask how much physical activity is safe for you.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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