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A knee brace for osteoarthritis will reduce knee pain, and provide some protection and stability. A knee brace specifically designed to treat knee OA is a safe and simple treatment option for your knee pain. Studies conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City show that people with knee OA who wear a knee brace specifically designed for OA will reduce the amount of medications they take, and postpone surgery.
If the medications you take are causing adverse side-effects like stomach or digestive problems, or if you’re looking to delay that total knee replacement, ask your doctor about treating your knee pain with a knee brace. Safe. effective. Simple.
What is a Dupuytren’s Splint?
Let’s start with Dupuytren’s disease. Dupuytren’s Disease is a thickening and shrinking of the layer of flesh just under the skin of the palm. It can cause lumps in the skin, and can draw the fingers into a bent position.
There’s a layer of tissue, called fascia, under the skin of the palm. This tissue helps keep the the skin from sliding around when you grip things. This tissue shrinks in some people, and pulls on the skin and fingers.
A finger splint like the one pictured above can stretch the fingers to keep them more straight. This can help avoid or postpone surgery in some cases. If surgery is required a finger splint can help prepare the area for surgery, making the surgery less complicated and more safe. And after surgery a finger splint can be worn at night to help prevent recurrence of the condition.
The TKO (The Knuckle Orthosis) by Hely & Weber can be used as an effective Dupuytren’s Splint. It is lightweight, durable, and comfortable. This finger brace can also be easily washed and dried – important for people who must wear an orthopedic brace every day.
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What is a 3rd and 4th Buddy Splint? Buddy taping is a well known and useful method for treating sprains, dislocations, and other finger injuries. The idea is to bandage or tape an injured finger to the healthy digit beside it. The bandage or tape is usually stiff and does not allow the injured finger to move. The problem with traditional buddy splinting is that the tape can break down the skin, there is a possibility of circulation loss, hygiene can be a problem, and ulcers are a concern for diabetics.
The TKO (The Knuckle Orthosis) is a great alternative to buddy splinting. Skin breakdown, circulation problems, and ulcers can all be avoided because this finger splint is constructed of plush orthopedic felt on one side and padded stays on the other to provide protection and stability. This splint can be removed so it can be washed and dried. This helps with the hygiene. Also, the injured area can be inspected. This is especially important for diabetics.
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What is a radial gutter splint? A radial gutter splint can be used to treat soft tissue injuries and fractures to the second and third fingers. A radial gutter splint can also be used as a positioning splint for certain types of rheumatoid arthritis.
A radial gutter splint is applied to decrease movement and provide support and comfort by stabilizing an injury. A finger splint like the one pictured above can also be used to assist in healing or to temporarily immobilize an extremity.
The TKO (The Knuckle Orthosis) is manufactured by Hely & Weber, a company that specializes in orthopedic bracing. The TKO is a versatile finger splint. The brace can be used as a radial gutter splint, a boxer fracture splint, a 3rd and 4th buddy splint, and a Dupuytren’s Splint.
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TKO – Boxer’s Fracture Splint
The TKO (The Knuckle Orthosis) is a versatile finger splint. The TKO by Hely & Weber provides positioning for fractures or injuries to the fingers. This post will talk about how the TKO can be used as a Boxer Fracture Splint.
Boxer’s fractures usually result from someone punching something harder than their hand. The end result is that the pinky gets broken. People who suffer from Boxer’s Fractures usually don’t do very well in hard plaster casts. And even if they did, doctors debate if total immobilization is the best way to treat a broken pinky. Some motion at the fracture site is generally recommended, regardless of where the fracture is.
So a Boxer’s Fracture Splint is a great treatment option. The person wearing the splint has some control over their treatment. They can adjust the brace, or remove it at their own discretion. A splint is a comfortable, affordable, and effective treatment option for a boxers fracture.
Learn more about the TKO Boxer Fracture Splint from Hely & Weber.
The TKO provides positioning for fractures or injuries to metacarpals, phalanges, MCP and PIP joints. The straps are adjustable for fit and comfort – important for swollen and painful fingers! The stays on this splint are padded and malleable for a custom fit.
The TKO by Hely & Weber is versatile. It can be used as a boxer’s fracture splint, radial gutter splint, 3rd and 4th buddy splint, or a Dupuytren’s splint. The next four blog posts will cover each of these treatment options. This finger brace was designed by David Garelick, MD and Edward Cotton, OTC.
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The Matrix Lite is an off-the-shelf functional knee brace. A functional knee brace is also known as an ACL brace. The Matrix Lite is designed to protect and stabilize a ligament deficient knee.
The Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are prone to injury. A functional knee brace like the Matrix Lite can help protect and stabilize the knee when one or more of these ligaments get injured.
Functional knee braces should only be fit by certified orthotists, never sales representatives. Many times sales representatives will measure, fit, and bill for these medical devices. This is a horrible idea. You should only trust your knees to credentialed professionals who have gone to school, completed a residency, and have been properly trained in bio-mechanics and orthotic devices. Look for people with CO or BOCO after their names. Most athletic trainers did not go to school to learn about fitting knee braces, though many do. If your health insurance is being billed for a functional knee brace, make sure you get measured and fit by an orthotist.
Do you suffer from low back pain? A back brace can provide protection, stability, and compression to a sore back. Back supports can also help with posture. Do you slouch when you sit? Is slouching a reason for your back pain? A back brace will help with posture and act as a constant reminder to sit up straight. Often times back supports are used to train people to sit correctly and stop slouching.
The CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace is a low-profile and effective treatment option for thumb arthritis. If it’s difficult for you to turn a doorknob or open a jar, this thumb brace can help. This thumb splint is a conservative treatment for option thumb pain. No drugs, no surgery. This thumb brace works by positioning the thumb. It places the thumb in a position that reduces pain and increases function.
This thumb brace comes in three sizes. It is easy to wear and effective.
A knee brace for osteoarthritis can help with golf. If knee pain from osteoarthritis is keeping you off the golf course, this unloading knee brace can help. An unloading knee brace will provide warmth, compression, and some gentle pressure to a compromised knee joint. Unloading knee braces are designed for people with Knee OA to help them buy some time before a knee replacement. If you’re looking to postpone knee surgery and still golf, a knee brace like this may be your answer.
A knee brace for osteoarthritis can be more substantial than a simple neoprene sleeve. An unloading knee brace is designed specifically for people with knee arthritis.