Today I’m going to share some advice and information about Medicare approved back braces.
You’ve likely seen TV commercials, or if you’re over the age of 65 gotten phone calls, about Medicare- approved back braces.
The back braces Medicare approves have to meet certain requirements. And to meet those requirements, the braces have to do certain things for the particular patient.
We carry those braces in our office and they provide a lot of relief to our patients. One of the best things about them, like they say on the commercials and the phone calls, is that it’s approved by Medicare, which means they’re going to cover a lot of the cost.
Why would you want a back brace? We want our patients to be out of pain and to avoid unnecessary medications that could be harmful to the body. If our patients wear a back brace or a support, it’s going to make them feel better and, hopefully, they’ll be able to take less of that medication.
A back brace can also prevent further injury. If you know you’re going to do something that might injure your back – golfing, gardening, walking, even cooking in the kitchen can sometimes hurt your back – you can put the brace on.
We’ve had some amazing success with our patients with back braces, and a lot of them have been using them for years and continue to get relief.
There are a couple of different types of back braces. Compression braces hold everything tight and together, which can provide good relief for someone who’s having muscle spasms, or after a car accident. They work really well.
The other type of brace is a decompression brace. These braces start off with about a four-inch belt that goes around the waist. Then it’s pumped up – with an air pump like you’d use for a bicycle – and as it pumps up it doubles in size and elongates and stretches out the spine.
These are great for patients that have degenerative osteoarthritis or arthritis in the spine where their nerves are being compressed. It’s a great tool. It’s almost like an additional therapy the patients can use when they’re not in our office.
Braces are a very useful tool, but we don’t want our patients to become dependent on them. So if you’re getting a back brace, it usually means you also need some other type of therapy or treatment in the office.
We want our patients to enjoy life, to be able to do the things they want to do. A back brace is just part of that treatment, and a lot of patients can benefit.
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