I have worn braces with all of my suits and dress trousers for...oh...nigh forty years, at least five days a week, often more. My back is in great shape. After seeing your initial question, I phoned an orthopoedic surgeon friend who says that braces alone should cause you absolutely no problem, but that there are a great many other ways to injur one's back.I'm considering starting to wear braces with my RTW dress pants (I know you should have your pants custom made for this and all, but I'm just a 20 year old college student.). Anyway, I was wondering if braces are possibly harmful at all to your back and/or shoulders in the long run. Which are more "healthy," braces or belts?