Simple things like walking, sitting, standing, and sleeping are taken for granted every day. These everyday activities take a turn for the worse upon a back pain diagnosis. You can no longer walk, sit, stand or sleep with ease.
“I suffer from lower disc bulging and spinal stenosis. Before I got the DDS brace I couldn’t do hardly anything,” says Claudia Fisher of Tuscumbia, Alabama. “I couldn’t stand on my feet for very long, without back pain. I withdrew from all activities.”
“When I received the DDS back brace I was able to function a lot better. I was undergoing spinal shots, which I have since canceled,” Fisher adds. “I will probably always have back problems, but the DDS has really helped me be able to function much better. Many thanks for the brace.”
Your back is supported by your spine. Your spine is supported by vertebrae. The vertebrae are supported by discs that act as shock absorbers or a cushion in between each vertebra to prevent injury and permit flexibility. Sounds simple enough.
As you age, the discs can become smaller and can even cave in causing the walls of each disc to bulge outward. This is referred to as a bulging disc. UGH again.
In other cases, the substance inside the disc, the nucleus, can actually leak out of the disc's walls. This is referred to as a disc herniation.
Caption: As seen on the World's Best Back Brace's website, here's an example of possible disc problems and what a pinched nerve looks like.
In both cases, the result is a debilitating pain, not only in your back but radiating pain all over just like Fisher mentions in her comments above.
One solution to relieve your back and spine pain would be prescription medication. Unfortunately, more times than not, they mask the problem. Once the medication wears off, your pain still persists. It can be a vicious cycle of trial and error with different pain painkillers and having to rely on more medication or higher doses to ease your pain.
Maybe you've tried surgery. Maybe it worked, but sometimes it doesn't. Your last resort could turn into failed back surgery syndrome — a generalized term used to describe a condition where patients back or spine surgery failed to fix the problem. That in itself adds a whole new set of problems, but it basically puts you in the same spot you were in before, or maybe even a few steps back.
Here's where the DDS 300 comes into play. Eight years ago, the DDS 300 and the prescription-required version, the DDS 500 were introduced to the U.S. market.
In a customer satisfaction survey, roughly 47 percent of back surgery candidates say that the DDS back brace saved them from surgery, and 61 percent of DDS back brace patients felt relief within the first hour of wearing the brace. Once you've put on the device, positioned directly above your hips and just below your rib cage, you then inflate it using its hand-held air pump. As it begins to inflate, you'll see it expand from 4 inches in height to 7 inches. At this point, the device will be resting on your hip bones — as its support, then it will gently shift upwards —parking itself right under your rib cage. This entire process stretches your lower back and is called decompression or traction.
When your spine decompresses, your intervertebral disc (cavities) spaces open up, which takes the pressure off your discs and allows them to move into their original location. They will start to rehydrate as the brace reabsorbs its lost nucleus. Think of it like a sponge that soaks up any surrounding moisture or liquid after you've placed it under a running sink faucet.
It gets better though. Any nearby nerves including additional connective tissues that may have been pinching or causing you agony, should now be cleared. The soreness should scatter. In other words, your pain goes away.
Caption: Taken from the World's Best Back Brace, here's a before and after MRI of a bulging disc patient who wears her back brace daily.
This product works well for treating other lower back conditions, such as:
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet syndrome
- Pinched nerves
- Bulging disc
- Disc herniations
- Degenerative disc disease
- Failed surgery syndrome
- Compression fracture in the lumbar region
- Lumbar acute to chronic sprain
- Strenuous jobs requiring heavy lifting and/or long hours driving
- Low back pain due to physical and/or physiological conditions
The manufacturers swear by it. They say that its function is scientific, precise, simple and can even be worn discreetly under clothing.
Its patented VAP Technology decreases axial loading while increasing intervertebral disc space by anchoring underneath the rib cage pushing upwards and against the pelvic girdle pushing downwards. This action gently stretches the torso vertically and displaces stress away from the affected disc and nerve. Pressure and pain levels within the lumbar spine region is significantly reduced, which can support active-rehabilitation. This means you'll want to have that physical therapy appointment. Maybe you'll even look forward to it.
When evaluating your size, the measurement needs to be taken at the most protruding part of your torso, which is usually the naval region. There is about one to two inches of play on each end of the measurement.
Caption: The XL has a 36- to 38-inch range and the brace can extend from waist sizes 34 to 40. Here you will see the brace on a female patient in real-time.
“Nobody likes to wear a back brace. But believe it or not, people actually seek out and ask for the DDS 300 and DDS 500 by name,” The World's Best Back Brace writes on its website.
Customers who are chronic back pain patients say it is completely flexible, which keeps your muscles moving and healthy. Plus, it can be worn discreetly under clothing. Recommended wearing time is about tow to six hours per day, worn all at one time or broken up into smaller time segments. This brace is also machine washable and comes with a 12-month warranty.
So, have you guys experimented with back braces? Did they help? Was it easy to put on and comfortable to wear? Add your thoughts to a BackerNation discussion, https://backernation.com/discuss/1 and for more information on the DDS 500, check out their company website here, http://www.worldsbestbackbrace.com/.