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Mayo Clin Proc. 1993 Dec;68(12):1171-6.

Posture Training Support: preliminary report on a series of patients with diminished symptomatic complications of osteoporosis.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN 55905.


Back supports are often used to minimize or prevent complications of osteoporosis. Nevertheless, the few related studies to date reveal that the currently available thoracolumbar and lumbosacral supports have substantial limitations, including (1) poor compliance because of discomfort or restricted motion, (2) expense, (3) unacceptable cosmetic and aesthetic appearance, and (4) medical contraindications to the use of rigid supports. We report the initial results of a clinical trial of the Posture Training Support (a thoracolumbar support) in 29 women and 1 man with osteoporosis or osteopenia of the spine (ages 37 to 87 years), who were referred because of back pain or kyphosis. We hypothesize that this inexpensive, unobtrusive device promotes improvement in posture and reduces back pain either by acting as a proprioceptive reinforcer or by producing a force posteriorly below the inferior angles of the scapulae and thus decreasing the anterior compressive forces that are commonly exerted on the spine. Among the 23 patients who reported substantial back pain before use of the support, relief of the pain was "significant" in 17 and minimal in 6. Nineteen patients noted improvement in their posture. No patient reported worsening of back pain or posture, nor did any patient discontinue use of the device for cosmetic reasons, discomfort, or other complaints. Four patients previously could not tolerate other back supports, and 14 had previously used other supports without substantial improvement. These preliminary results suggests that the Posture Training Support may be of considerable symptomatic and prophylactic value to patients with osteoporosis who cannot tolerate conventional back supports.

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