If you are getting relief, then dont think of belt.follow his openioun. At the same time consult your physiotherapist too, so they will help your father to decrease there pain n help to decrease the reoccurence.
If the case of slipped disc is very acute, sharp &shooting pain and associated with sciatica then the patient generally requires lumbosacral support(belt) for a short period of time as long term usage may lead to muscle weakness as well as stiffness.But most of the time its helpful as old age group recovers slowly and do less exercises and cannot tolerate severe pain.
Best is to go to a physiotherapist,he will suggest you better whether to use belt or not depending upon intensity of pain,severity of muscle weakness as well as nerve compression.
Avoid forward bending,prolonged travelling ,weight lifting and stair climbing...Need postural correction i.e. sit tall,...Avoid cold exposure.....GET WELL SOON!
L.s Belt is recommended for support lumbar muscles bcoz sometime patients have radiating pain on walking due to slip disc or weak lumbar muscle...in this condition belt is required. ..if yr father wants to remove the belt then he have to strengthen the lumbar muscles by strengthening exercise ..you can visit my website for slip disc exercises or further details about prolapse disc
Actually for back pain or disc disposition the nearby muscles will be strained and tight. Its better not to wear a belt that makes those muscles stiff. You can wear that while travelling because this may strain.
slowly do some stretches and exercises with help of physiotherapist
Have your father taken advice from his doctor or has he visited physiotherapist.
As belt is not mandatory but depending upon patient's condition only is advisable.
Please visit a good physiotherapist and take advice.
Ur orthopaedic doc would be the best person to treat your dad, based on his clinical finding by examining your dad. Treatment changes from person to person based on age, finding, duration and severity. Pls follow his advice.
It depends on how your father physical strength...if over weight or Bone weakness is , so I strongly suggest for lumber support until he get completely recovered with Therapeutical interventions... More over he is 59 yrs , he needs modification in life style for better living.. which will suggested by experienced Physiotherapist..