Question for all regarding the wearing, or not wearing, of a lumbar corset/brace. I'm almost 5 weeks post-op, 2 level L3-L5 open TLIF and L2-L3 left side discectomy.
Per my discharge instructions, I was wearing my brace at all times other than sleeping. This is a soft brace with a form fitted hard plastic insert in the back. At my 2 week appointment to have the staples removed, my PA told me I didn't need to wear it at all times, only if doing anything physical (what little I'm allowed to!) or dangerous (i.e. outside in the winter conditions of ice and snow). At this point, I'm still having a lot of pressure/pain along the surgery area and significant soreness along my lower back when sitting upright or standing still.
The last couple days, I've tried wearing the brace more often and it seems to be alleviating a lot of this pain. I'm just curious if anyone else has had the same experiences post-op and whether this seems "normal". I just don't know if the wearing the brace is just hiding a post-op problem.