That pounding pain in your back has brought your life to a screeching halt. Your life has taken a back seat and every effort of yours to abate that pain has drawn a blank. At desperate times such as this when surgery seems to be the last resort, you can consider a third line of treatment that is gaining grounds these days. It is the new Orthotrac Pneumatic Vest.
Does the mere mention of this product pique your curiosity? Then it is time to find out what it is.
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What is a Pneumatic Vest?
The Orthotrac™ Pneumatic Vest is the very first clinically authorized, non-surgical spinal treatment apparatus that reduces the pressure on the spine by transferring weight. Wearing it, you can perform your day to day activities just as you do otherwise. As a matter of fact, the Orthotrac technology, as well as the application of the product is registered and patented with the FDA. You should also know that it is even prescribed by health care providers and some insurance companies do cover it. However, the coverage may vary from state to state.
Who Can Use The Pneumatic Vest?
If you are suffering from lower back pain that lasts about 8 weeks or more and if the pain increases during activities like standing and walking, and reduces after lying down for a while, the Orthotrac pneumatic vest will definitely work wonders for you. Of course, the device is equally useful for patients suffering from:
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated /bulging discs
- Facet Syndrome
- Foraminal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Nerve root entrapment
Nevertheless, if you want to use the vest correctly, you should fit the following criteria
- Ability to stand straight
- Abdominal measurements between 24 and 57 inches.
- Not pregnant.
Whom will it fit?
As mentioned above, the Orthotrac best fits patients with a 24 to 57 abdominal circumference. Since you cannot adjust the vertical height of the Orthotrac, it may not be too good a thing for patients with certain body types, like petite women with short torsos.
How does it work?
Actually, the Orthotrac reduces the compressive forces on the spine by shifting the weight of your upper body from the spine to your hips. It accomplishes this by using the inflatable pneumatic lifters. You can control the amount of force, which is produced by the vest by means of the inflation device. You can also deflate the vest as and when you need to. The results of MRI of spine done before and during the application of Orthotrac testify to the efficacy of offloading weight from the spine.
How often can you wear the Orthotrac?
By and large, you need to wear the Orthotrac particularly when you are doing the activities (such as standing and walking) that cause most of the symptoms. There is no minimum amount of time to wear it. But if you are wearing it for the first time and wish to enjoy fast and optimal results, you can wear it 2-3 times a day for about 30-60 minutes at a time. You can wear the vest when you are at home, or at work. In fact, you can also use it in combination with other therapies like physical therapy, or occupational therapy.
You may land up with minor side effects, such as occasional tenderness at bony prominences of the spine. Rarely, the symptoms may increase temporarily if you fully inflate the vest.
The Orthotrac Pneumatic Vest is backed by limited warranty. However, the warranty does not cover defect or damage caused by mishandling, fire, flood, accident and the like. Also, the warranty applies to the original buyer only and it is NOT transferable or assignable.
According to a recent economic study which involved over 300 patients, 70% of the participants who wore an Orthotrac vest for about 8 weeks enjoyed a dramatic improvement in pain relief. In fact, the vest also proved to be cost effective.
Now, that you know the pros and cons of using an Orthotrac vest, you may think of giving it a try. Of course, trying it is not too bad an idea to treat your back pain, but it is always wise to consult your physician before trying a new line of treatment, is it not?