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April 9, 2019 @ 4:49 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

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Warm and Form Back Brace

January 25, 2019 @ 10:47 am posted by Brace and Support Help

 

Warm and form back braces are often prescribed by physicians.  Many people contact us with new prescriptions and they don’t know what to do with them. Insurance companies do not reimburse for warm and form back supports so Durable Medical Equipment suppliers like pharmacies and surgical supply stores usually do not have these products in their facilities.  Neither do doctors.  So this leaves patients with very few options to get their scripts filled.  People contact us with scripts for orthopedic braces and supports they don’t know how to get.  Many turn to the internet.  The problem is that warm and form back brace requires some assembly.  The back panel have to be heat-molded to each person’s lower back.  Most patients aren’t capable of doing this at home.  It’s easy to order the brace but it’s tough to fit them.

The answer is to ask your doctor to write a script for newer technology.  There are more comfortable, more substantial back braces available that health insurance regularly pays certified professional to fit patients with.  Check out this back brace:

                             No warming. no forming.                                            Lumbar Support

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Arthritis Knee Brace

December 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

An Arthritis Knee Brace is a great treatment option for knee pain associated with OA. There are many knee braces available on line, in your local pharmacy, medical equipment store, and retail sporting good stores. Which one is right for you? You should let your doctor make that decision. But if you’re the stubborn, know-everything type and want to make that decision yourself, make sure you get a knee brace that fits, provides warmth, compression, and stability. A knee brace with finger loops is appropriate for people with arthritic fingers – it makes putting the brace on much easier. Hinges are good for people with stability issues. And neoprene is a great way to provide warmth and compression.  An easy way to check with your doctor is to email them a link to the knee brace you are looking at.

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Carpal Tunnel Night Splint

October 17, 2018 @ 11:11 am posted by Brace and Support Help

                    Carpal Tunnel Night Splint

Do you need to wear a night splint for carpal tunnel?  If you found this blog post you probably already know there are a lot of wrist braces and wrist splints out there.  Why?  Because there are lot of wrist injuries.  Not every wrist injury is like carpal tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome is not like every wrist injury.  You most likely don’t need a big honking wrist brace to treat your carpal tunnel.  Think about what you are trying to do.  You are trying to keep your wrist straight while sleeping.  To achieve this you have to do two things: sleep and keep your wrist from bending.

If you can’t sleep because of your wrist brace you may alleviate some of the pain associated with your carpal tunnel but you will invite a host of sleeping related issues into your life.  So your wrist brace needs to be comfortable enough that you can fall asleep wearing it.  Do you sleep on your hands?  Then you should avoid any wrist brace with laces or velcro that will brush against your face.  That means a wrap around wrist brace will be a good choice – something smooth.

Some people’s wrists curl up when they sleep.  You don’t need a metal stay or bar in your wrist brace to prevent that.  The point is, if you have carpal tunnel and you need a night splint start with something low-profile, something simple.  If you need more support then step up to a wrist brace with a metal stay or a rigid structure.

A wrap around wrist brace is under $20.  It’s a good place to start.

 

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CMC Arthritis Brace

August 21, 2018 @ 12:58 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

This is a low profile thumb brace with smooth edges for enhanced comfort.  The closures are designed to be easily secured with one hand.  This thumb brace effectively restricts thumb movement while leaving the other four fingers and wrist to move freely.  This CMC arthritis thumb brace is made from materials that repel dirt and water so it is easy to clean.  The aluminum core is moldable to ensure a custom fit.

This CMC Arthritis Brace is streamlined and durable.  It is the best choice available for relief of basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  This thumb brace can be worn during household activities and sports like golf or tennis.

The thumb splint immobilizes the carpometacarpal (CMC) and the first metacarpophalangeal (MCP 1) joints and places the thumb in a functional position.

It is easy to clean and machine washable.

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Ankle Sprain Brace

July 6, 2018 @ 10:38 am posted by Brace and Support Help

A wrap around figure 8 ankle brace is a better treatment option for an ankle sprain than ankle taping or an ankle stirrup type of brace.  Tape comes loose.  If you’re an athlete that ever had an ankle taped you know it feels great when first applied.  The tape provides protection and support.  But as you start running and jumping the tape gets loose and all that stability is lost.  A figure 8 ankle brace has laces, so just like a sneaker, the brace can be made more tight or loose depending on how your ankle feels.

A wrap around figure 8 ankle brace works by controlling the heel.  Control the heel, stabilize the ankle.  These ankle braces easily fit in a sneaker or work boot.  They are easily washable and very comfortable.  These braces provide the maximum amount of protection and stability, are easy to clean, and adjustable.

Learn More about ankle braces.

 

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Do you need a Knee Strap?

May 28, 2018 @ 8:55 am posted by Brace and Support Help

 

Do you suffer from jumper’s knee or patella tendonitis?

  • Universal Knee Strap
  • Reduces Inventory
  • Easy to Adjust
  • Trimmable Strap
  • Does Not Impede Circulation
  • Comfortable and Effective

Description

The Universal Tendonitis Strap is constructed to provide focused compression on the patella tendon.  A unique, trimmable strap offers custom sizing and fitting.  This knee strap does not impede circulation or restrict mobility. The strap functions dynamically as the knee flexes and extends. This strap band is easy to apply and adjust.  This is a much more substantial brace than the knee bands that can be purchased in pharmacies or grocery stores.

Indications

  • Jumpers Knee
  • Runners Knee
  • Patella Tendonitis
  • Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
  • Chondromalacia Patella Syndrome

 

Sizing

Fits the circumference of an affected area from 7″ – 20″.  Simply trim the excess material.

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Medicare and Knee Braces

March 25, 2018 @ 4:57 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

If you are considering buying a knee brace or back brace over the internet, or calling an 800 number, and having the people you’re communicating with bill Medicare on your behalf –  stop.  Stop immediately.  It’s a scam.  Even if you receive the back brace or knee brace, you’re being robbed.  When a medical professional bills medicare on your behalf for a knee brace or back brace they are supposed to evaluate you, measure you, fit you, and be available for follow-up.  The follow-up is good for three years!  All of that is built into the cost.  The person fitting you needs to be a credentialed medical professional.  In some states the person needs to be licensed.

The internet and 800 phone number companies are running a scam.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at the math.  When a medical professional bills Medicare for fitting a knee brace or back brace they will get reimbursed between $800 and $1200 – it depends on the state you live in, and the type of brace being ordered.  Built into that price is the evaluation, measuring, fitting, and follow up visits.  How many follow-up visits?  As many as you need.  You can go see that person everyday for three years for adjustments and they cannot charge you a penny.

Here are a couple of arthritis knee braces we sell on line.  The price is between $159.99 and $329.99.  Here is a typical back brace, $75.45.  We do not bill Medicare.  We sell to the medical professionals that do.  The medical professionals bill Medicare between $800 and $1200 – which is fair and reasonable.  Built into that price is all of the evaluating, measuring, fitting, and follow-ups.  The internet knee brace and back brace providers scam Medicare by buying the brace and shipping it to you.  They skip all the patient care that is built into the reimbursement.

Heritage Medical Equipment owns a couple of blogs, a website that sells orthopedic braces directly to consumers, and we do some distributing for the orthopedic community.  With that said, more than one of these internet and 800 number companies have contacted us over the years looking to buy our knee braces and back braces.  We have very competitive pricing so they are attracted to us.  In many of these cases it only takes a couple of phone calls to our manufacturers to learn that these companies run up huge bills, never pay them, and then disappear.

If you need a back brace or a knee brace, get a prescription from your doctor and go to a certified orthotist.  An orthotist is credentialed professional with a degree.

DO NOT LET AN INTERNET COMPANY BILL MEDICARE ON YOUR BEHALF.

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ACL Knee Brace

March 12, 2018 @ 4:03 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

ACL Knee braces need to provide protection and stability.  They come in two varieties: custom and off-the-shelf.  A custom ACL Knee brace is for people with unique anatomy or serious athletes.  An off-the-shelf knee brace is pretty much for everyone else.

Some people can get along with an ACL deficient knee.  If you’re not that active or engage in activities that don’t put too much stress on your knees it’s quite possible you can avoid surgery and/or bracing.  However if your knee isn’t always there for you, meaning it gives out from time-to-time, you have to understand that the condition will only get worse.  Ligaments aren’t known for spontaneaously regenerating.

Long term, and ACL deficient knee can cause osteoarthritis.  It most likely will.  An ACL knee brace can help stabilize your knee joint so that it “tracks” correctly.  A knee joint slides, glides, and rotates.  There’s a lot going on in your knee.  If your knee isn’t tracking correctly, even the slightest misalignment can cause unnecessary wear and tear that will eventually lead to arthritis.

An ACL Knee brace can help.

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Inventory Liquidation Sale!

February 19, 2018 @ 9:13 am posted by Brace and Support Help

There is a great deal available on supportandbrace.com.  This webstore is phasing the Push thumb brace out of inventory.  This deal will only be available while supplies last.

 

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