Ask The Expert with Dr. Peter Kilm, Medical Pain and Spine Care of Indiana.
Q: I have chronic low back pain. Is a back brace right for me?
A: Back bracing is an excellent alternative to surgery and pain medicine, and has proven effective in relieving low back pain for many of our patients. Back braces may help with painful conditions such as: chronic low back pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, and improving support for weak muscles.
Q: How much does a back brace cost?
A: Many patients insured by Medicare, Medicare replacement plans, Medicaid, and other private insurances can qualify for a brace at little or no cost. Our friendly, experienced staff will ask questions to determine your coverage for durable medical equipment. We will inform you of any out of pocket costs up front, but most patients are typically able to receive a quality back brace at no cost.
Q: How do back braces from Medical Pain & Spine Care differ from the national advertisements I’ve seen on TV?
A: We are a local medical practice that offers personalized evaluation and service to our patients. Not every brace is right for every condition, and we don’t simply ship a one-size-fits-all brace to your door as most national companies do. I personally interpret X-ray or MRI imaging for all patients to ensure that the proper type of brace is prescribed. Our staff then goes above and beyond to ensure that patients are fitted and customized for their back braces in-person.
Q: How can I get a back brace?
A: We have a streamlined process that allows patients to receive the equipment they need. First, kindly call our office at 317-776-7028 and make sure you mention you saw our information in the Seniors Guide™! Our intake specialist will collect your information and complete all necessary insurance forms for you. Physicians at Medical Pain & Spine care may order an X-ray exam at the hospital or imaging facility of your choice to determine if you have a medical condition that would benefit from a back brace. If so, you will be promptly notified that you qualify for a back brace, and you can come to Medical Pain & Spine Care to pick up your brace any time during normal business hours, no appointment needed! During your customized fitting, we will as provide detailed instructions for wearing, cleaning, and caring for the brace, as well as individually fitting your back brace to ensure maximum comfort.
Dr. Peter Klim has been caring for patients with chronic pain for over 15 years, specializing in chronic spinal pain. He completed both his Anesthesiology residency and his fellowship in Pain Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He has served on the medical executive committee and as the Chief of Surgery in the Community Howard Health System.
Dr. Klim is a member of International Spine Intervention Society, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Medical Pain & Spine Care of Indiana.