Study: 60.8% of patients who received LSO back brace in this study did not take any pain medication after receiving it!
This 24-month study, conducted in 2006 included 210 patients suffering from subacute low back pain treated by a family practitioner. Two groups were randomized with 105 patients in each group. One group wearing an LSO brace, the other group not wearing any back support. During the study, all patients underwent other types of treatment as determined medically necessary by their practitioner. All patients were followed up 3 times throughout the 12 month period.
Changes in Pain Intensity
There was a significant difference in change of pain intensity between the two groups, with the group wearing the LSO reporting less pain than the group not wearing a brace. The change in pain intensity was measured with a visual analogical scale (VAS).
"The visual analogue scale (VAS) is commonly used as the outcome measure for such studies. It is usually presented as a 100-mm horizontal line on which the patient's pain intensity is represented by a point between the extremes of “no pain at all” and “worst pain imaginable.”
There was a significant difference in medication consumption between the two groups as well. The percentage of patients with the LSO brace
who did not
take any pain medication was 60.8% Whereas the percentage of patients who did not
take any pain medication in the group without a brace
The results of this study show that wearing a lumbar belt for subacute low back pain is beneficial for functional recovery, pain intensity control, and medication consumption.
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