8 Tips for Wearing a Spinal Brace

Posted by Shannon on Apr 15th 2024

APRIL 16, 2024

8 Tips for Wearing a Spinal Brace

Improve your spinal brace comfort with these top eight tips. Find relief and make wearing your brace more bearable.

Knit-Rite Torso Interface with Axilla Flap

When someone wears a spinal brace, it is usually to treat, improve, prevent medical conditions, such as scoliosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, or muscle strain. Despite their necessity, spinal braces can often become uncomfortable or difficult to wear. However, following a few easy tips will help to ease the discomfort and make wearing a spinal brace much more tolerable.

Follow the Doctor’s Instructions

First and foremost, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure the best outcome for your treatment. They will advise you on the correct way to wear the brace; when and how long to wear it; and what you can and can’t do while wearing the brace.

Person grabbing back with back brace on

Use Break Time Wisely

Most physicians will allow for short intervals where the brace can be taken off. Use this time wisely to do things that are more difficult to do with the brace, such as swimming or playing sports. Don’t waste your break time on things like watching TV.

Avoid Skin Irritation

Through normal body movement, braces can rub on the skin causing chafing and irritation. It can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult to wear if your skin has become irritated. Apply a small amount of corn starch or skin powder to the areas prone to irritation to help prevent it. Avoid using lotions in the areas where chafing can occur, as it can increase irritation.

Wear an Interface Shirt

Wearing an interface shirt between the skin and the brace is the easiest way to avoid skin irritation. The interface shirt must be seamless to protect against further irritation and should fit snug to avoid wrinkling or bunching. Knit-Rite Torso Interfaces contain all of these features and are available in original and lightweight thicknesses. Another important feature is axilla flaps. Choices include a single axilla flap, double axilla flaps, and no axilla flaps. Knit-Rite interfaces are also moisture-wicking, which will help keep you dry and comfortable.

Knit-Rite Torso Interface with Axilla Flaps

Ensure Your Skin is Clean and Dry

Keeping the skin clean helps to reduce the friction caused by the spinal brace. Moisture can increase the risk of skin sheer irritation, so be sure to completely dry the skin after cleaning.

Clean the Brace Daily

It’s important to also clean your spinal brace daily. This can easily be done by scrubbing the inside of the brace with a washcloth and rubbing alcohol. Ensure that the brace is completely dry before wearing it again.

Wear Loose Clothing

Tight clothing worn over the brace can become uncomfortable throughout the day. Wear lightweight and loose clothing for better all-day comfort.

Female walking outdoors

Keep Cool

It’s easy to get hot and sweaty, especially during the warmer months, while wearing three layers. Overheating can increase the discomfort you experience when wearing the spinal brace. Loose clothing will help to keep you cooler. Moisture-wicking interface shirts will help keep the skin dry.

Following these easy instructions will help you to stay more comfortable in your spinal brace.

This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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This is general information and not intended to diagnose or treat patients. It is the provider's responsibility to ascertain the appropriateness of individual applications of compression therapy. Patients should always consult with their provider prior to wearing compression products.