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Europa Medicophysica 2001 September;37(3):191-5

Copyright © 2001 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

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The Soft Cast semirigid jacket in the treatment of low back pain

Onorato A., Rosin C., Schierano S., Zampa A.

From the Istituto di Medicina Fisica e Riabilitazione di Udine


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Wearing of a ­lumbar sup­port is a pos­sible con­ser­va­tive treat­ment for low ­back ­pain. A ret­ro­spec­tive ­study was per­formed to ­assess the ­effects of a sem­i­rigid lum­bos­a­cral ­brace, ­made of the new ­resin 3M ­Soft ­Cast, in a ­group of out­pa­tients ­with degen­er­a­tive ­lumbar ­spine prob­lems. A lum­bos­a­cral ­Soft ­Cast ­brace was pre­scribed by a ­single phy­sia­trist to twen­ty­nine ­patients, ­with ­acute/sub­acute or ­chronic low ­back ­pain of degen­er­a­tive ­origin, ­with or ­without ­sciatica. It was ­used in the day­time, for two ­weeks, and ­than, pro­gres­sively ­released in the ­third ­week. ­Twenty-­three per­sons ­sent ­back a ques­tion­naire espe­cially ­addressed to ­know: 1) ­level of ­pain ­before and ­just ­after the use of the ­brace, and one ­month ­after its ­release; 2) ­opinion ­about the com­fort ­given by the ­jacket; 3) com­par­ison ­with ­other sup­ports, ­already ­tried. ­Pain ­decrease was ­good in ­people ­with ­acute/sub­acute prob­lems and in ­those ­with ­chronic back­ache; ­poor ­results ­were ­found in ­people ­with ­chronic low ­back ­pain and ­sciatica. ­Level of sat­is­fac­tion was ­very ­high; ­good was com­fort ­given in ADL and ­work activ­ities. Of 16 who had ­already ­tried a ­lumbar ­brace, 2 ­patients ­found “no dif­fer­ence'', 9 had “­more ben­efit'' and 5 “­much ­more ben­efit'' ­with ­Soft ­Cast ­jacket. 3M Soft­Cast ­enables to ­make, in a ­short ­time, a sup­port ­that is ­custom ­made ­ready for use, dur­able. It ­proved to be effec­tive in ­people ­with ­acute/sub­acute low ­back ­pain (­with or ­without leg ­pain) and in ­those ­with ­chronic low ­back ­ache, ­without ­sciatica.

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