The brace is a wonderful asset to me. I had back surgery in 2004. My doctor found a tumor wrapped around the nerves in my spine. He pulled the tumor and nerves apart. It has left permanent damage to my left side as the nerve to that leg was tightly bound by the tumor. I feel very fortunate that I can walk with the aid of a cane (and that has been only the past year that I have used the cane). I do feel the brace will help more as I am able to wear it more often.