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If your back pain is a result of direct trauma, you should consider it a serious symptom. You may also have a more severe problem if the pain comes with other symptoms, such as fevers and bloody urine. The same goes if you feel sharp, stabbing pains rather than a dull ache.
A back brace may cause more pain if you fasten it too tight. It can also hurt if you wear it longer than what your doctor recommends. You may also feel some discomfort if you use a lumbar support device but remain inactive for too long.
Yes, it can make your waist appear smaller because it wraps around your waist. This, in turn, makes the device function similarly to a corset. However, unlike a corset, a back brace won't cause a severe tightening of your waist.
In fact, proper lumbar support is key to reducing neck and back pain. Supporting your lower back promotes proper posture. Proper posture, in turn, reduces strain on your spine and neck.