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Renewal of the lumbar belt: when and how to proceed?

Renewal of the lumbar belt: when and how to proceed?

The lumbar belt is a very useful medical device for people suffering from back pain, particularly in the spine. It helps relieve pressure on the vertebrae and intervertebral discs, while maintaining good posture. However, like any equipment, it may be necessary to renew it to ensure its effectiveness. In this information note, we will see the reasons which may lead to a renewal of this system as well as the steps to follow.

Reasons to renew your lumbar belt

There are several reasons why it may be necessary to renew your lumbar belt:

  1. Material wear: Over time and regular use, the belt may lose its elasticity and its ability to properly support the lower back. It is therefore essential to regularly check the condition of your belt and replace it if it shows signs of wear (deformation, loss of support, etc.).
  2. Change in body shape: If you have lost or gained weight, your lumbar belt may no longer be suitable for your body shape. A belt that is too tight or too loose will not perform its function properly and may even be harmful to your health.
  3. Evolution of the pathology: If your lower back pain has progressed or if you have developed another condition requiring different support, your current belt may no longer be suitable for your needs.

How to choose your new lumbar belt?

Choosing a new lumbar belt must be done carefully to ensure its effectiveness. Here are some tips to help you in this process:

  1. Consult a professional: Before you start purchasing a new belt, it is recommended to consult a doctor, a physiotherapist or another health professional who can direct you towards the type of belt best suited to your condition and give you advice on its use.
  2. Measure your waist: To ensure good support and optimal comfort, it is essential to choose a lumbar belt adapted to your body shape. Measure your waist or hip measurement according to the manufacturer's instructions and refer to the size chart provided to find the correct size.
  3. Find out about the different models: There are several types of lumbar belts, offering different characteristics (level of support, materials, adjustment, etc.). Learn about the pros and cons of each model to choose the one that best suits your needs and lifestyle.
  4. Try the belt: If possible, try several models in store to compare their comfort and support. Feel free to move, sit and bend to test the effectiveness of the belt in different positions.

How to get a refund for your renewal?

The renewal of a lumbar belt can be covered by Health Insurance and/or your complementary health insurance, under certain conditions:

  1. Have a medical prescription: To be reimbursed, it is necessary to have a prescription from your doctor attesting to the need for renewal. This prescription must mention the type of belt prescribed as well as its size.
  2. Buy an approved belt: Only lumbar belts appearing on the List of Reimbursable Products and Services (LPPR) are eligible for reimbursement. Check that the belt you wish to purchase bears the CE marking and complies with current standards. Sometimes these lumbar belts are without prescriptions .
  3. Respect the renewal deadline: As a general rule, the renewal of a lumbar belt is covered every three years. However, this period may vary depending on your situation and the conditions provided for in your complementary health insurance contract.

Reimbursement of the lumbar belt is made on the basis of a flat rate set by Health Insurance. If the price of the belt you have chosen exceeds this amount, you will have to pay the difference. Your complementary health insurance can also intervene to cover all or part of this amount, depending on the guarantees taken out.

How to maintain your new lumbar belt?

In order to preserve its qualities and avoid premature wear, it is essential to properly maintain your lumbar belt:

  • Wash regularly: Clean your belt according to the manufacturer's recommendations (by hand or machine) with a suitable product. Avoid putting it in the dryer or near a direct heat source, as this may damage the materials.
  • Check its condition: Inspect your belt regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as tears, loose stitching, or loss of elasticity. If there is a problem, do not hesitate to have it replaced quickly.
  • Adapt its use: Use your lumbar belt according to the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional who is treating you. Do not wear the belt continuously, but alternate periods of wear and periods of rest to avoid overloading the lumbar region. Also avoid wearing the belt too tight or positioning it incorrectly, as this can affect its effectiveness.

By following these tips, you will be able to renew your lumbar belt appropriately and take full advantage of its benefits to relieve your pain and improve your quality of life.

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