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Article from a Inje Medical Journal Preventive Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery

Article from a Inje Medical Journal Preventive Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery

Article from Inje Medical Journal, Department of Preventive Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine Inje University, Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

The Air Inflated Lumbar Corset Disk Dr.

Lumbago is one of the most common diseases in the industrialized society. It is also a serious socioeconomic problem because it produces medical expenses and labour loss from absence or leave of lumbago sufferers.Unfortunately, it is hard out its causes because it is attributed to too many factors, such, as mechanical, visceral and psychogenic factors, and it is usually caused by complex factors. In association with occupation, it is also caused by repetition of minor symptoms, driving for over 4 hours a day, incorrect working posture and vibration of the total body. Its prognosis has not yet been discovered clearly, either.

Once lumbago gets into chronic pain, it becomes a disease by itself. Patients describe their pain very subjectively, so lumbago is diagnosed by a thorough examination, including the starting time and frequency, occupation - related things, previous case history, pain spot and characteristics, existence of radiating pain, etc.

Chronic lumbago can be hardly cured by one remedy. It is treated by complex treatment means, including a rest, medication, physical therapy, a brace, psychological therapy, etc. Above all wearing the air inflated lumbar corset Disk Dr. Waist was found very effective in restricting excessive physical movements and reducing the overload to the lumbar vertebrae. Of the subjects who participated in this study, 90.5% answered that they experienced pain reduction by wearing the air inflated lumbar corset Disk Dr. This figure is very high compared with Ahlgren's report, in which 30 ~ 80% of corset wearers experienced the pain decreasing effect. It is of course very hard to compare and analyze the degree of lumbago accurately because lumbago is described by purely subjective symptoms and thus there is no way to objective the degree of lumbago. Nonetheless, the efficacy of the air inflated lumbar corset can be acknowledged in that the percentage of subjects who found the pain decreasing effect of the air inflated lumbar corset was far higher than the percentage ( 63.4%), of those who had pain redaction from previous medication or physical therapy. The fact that about 75% of the subjects wore the air inflated lumbar corset Disk Dr. for over 12 hours implies the excellent efficacy of corset.

A previous study reported that wearing the air inflated lumbar corset Disk Dr. contributed to muscular strength of the ex - tensor at the lumbar vertebrae. This report proves that the air inflated lumbar corset boosts muscular strength, contrary to the fact general spinal braces could weaken muscular strength around the waist.

The pain decreasing effect of the air inflated lumbar corset was more effective with older patients. This is deemed to be related to the report about the increased forward flexing ( bending forward) at the lumbar vertebrae by wearing the air inflated lumbar corset. That is, this finding is in accord with McKenzie's report, asserting that the symptom of kyphosis rises at older ages, thus older people complain of lumbago, the correction of this symptom helps decrease low back pain and exercises boosting muscle strength & extension help reduce radiating pain.

In most pain clinics more than a half of patients suffer from low back pain. Most of them are old patients suffering from degenerative diseases, such as degenerative arthritis or spondylopathy herniated disc, etc. From the finding of this study about the higher pain decreasing effect of the air inflated lumbar corset among older people, the corset is assumed to carry out the auxiliary role in abating chronic low back pain effectively. 


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