Braces for Back or Neck Pain | Laser Spine Institute

Questions? Call Toll-Free 1-

Contact us today. We're here for you seven days a week.

Contact Us By Phone 1-
Am I a Candidate for Surgery? Learn More
Request an MRI Review Submit Information

Braces for Back or Neck Pain


Braces are stabilizing devices for the spine. They are most often used when limiting motion is required for healing, such as after neck or back surgery, or in the case of a spinal fracture. They can also be helpful in improving posture, addressing spinal deformities and treating mechanical neck or back pain. Mechanical neck or back pain is spontaneous discomfort caused by certain movements or activities.

Types of braces

Many patients who experience pain from conditions like spondylolisthesis, sciatica, ruptured discs or disc protrusions have found braces helpful in relieving pain. Braces help bear part of the mechanical load caused by gravity. Braces come in a wide selection of styles and materials, and will vary based on the level of the spine that is affected.

• Rigid back braces are braces made of plastic and can reduce the mobility of the spine by up to 50 percent. The majority of rigid back braces support the lumbosacral area, meaning they stabilize the lumbar (lower) and sacral (pelvic) regions of the spine. This brace type is usually only recommended following major lumbar surgery, such as open spinal fusion. Occasionally, rigid “collars” are used to stabilize the neck after cervical surgery.
• Soft back braces are also called “corset” braces. These braces are the most popular type because of their elasticity and light weight. These braces can take the form of short “belts” that focus on the lumbar spine, or they can be very wide, with straps that go over the shoulders, if thoracic (middle back) spine support is needed.

Combining braces with other nonsurgical treatments

You should always consult your physician for a proper diagnosis before deciding to integrate a back brace into your treatment regimen. In some cases, limiting motion of a section of the spine can actually cause an increase in problems, such as loss of flexibility, reduced circulation and stiffness. If your physician recommends so, it may be beneficial to wear a brace only in situations where further injury could occur and to remove it during controlled, low-impact exercises that can aid in spine healing. If your physician does suggest a brace, ask him or her if you should use it in conjunction with pain medication and other forms of nonsurgical treatment, such as hot and cold therapy, TENS, massage, traction, aquatic therapy, or biofeedback.

Need an immediate response?

Our live chat feature allows you to talk instantly with a representative.

  • - -

Download your info packet on
Minimally Invasive
Spine Surgery

& receive our e-newsletter.

También disponible en español

What is Laser Spine Surgery? Can Laser Spine Institute Help You?

You can get these answers by attending a medical seminar.

Back to Health

Be inspired, informed and connected.

Expert answers, informational videos and inspiring stories of patients who returned to life at its fullest with Laser Spine Institute.

Laser Spine Wellness

Patient Reviews and Stories

Natalie Gulbis shares her story about her road to recovery from back pain after minimally invasive surgery.

Learn about Natalie Gulbis' Recovery

Meet our Physicians and Surgeons

Our medical professionals know that you expect excellence in terms of medical attention. We strive to go Above and Beyond your expectations and deliver quality, patient-centered care at each of our surgery centers.

Learn about our physicians & medical staff