Archive for February, 2013

Quadriceps Injury

February 28, 2013 @ 1:38 am posted by Brace and Support Help


The muscles in the front of the thigh are called the quadriceps muscle group.  The quadriceps are made up of:

 1.  The vastus lateralis

2.  The vastus intermedius

3.  The vastus medialis

4.  The rectus femoris

The vastii connect the femur to the patella and shin bone.  The rectus femoris connects the pelvis to the shin.

The quadriceps help the knee bend and straighten.  It is a big strong muscle group important to activities like running and jumping.

A quadriceps strain is a partial or complete tear in any one of the muscles that comprise the group.  Thigh pain, stiffness, swelling, and bruising are all symptoms.  There are three grades of tears and rehabilitation will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury.

A thigh sleeve will help make a quadricep tear feel better.  The circumferential compression offered by neoprene will provide warmth and make your thigh feel better.  It is an inexpensive treatment option worth trying throughout the rehab process.

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Pediatric Wrist Brace

February 25, 2013 @ 1:52 am posted by Brace and Support Help

pediatric wrist brace

A Pediatric Wrist Brace is appropriate when a cast is too much and nothing isn’t an option.  This type of wrist support will provide your child with some support, compression, and warmth for their wrist.  A wrist brace like this is also a helpful reminder for your little guy to take it easy so they don’t get re-injured.

Many clinics and doctor’s offices will try to provide children with adult extra small sized braces – this is a bad idea.  Children need braces designed for children.  They fit better, feel better, and look better.   Different sizes and colors are available.

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Hamstring Strain

February 22, 2013 @ 1:21 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Hamstring Strain

The hamstrings are made up of three muscles:  the biceps femoris, the semimembranosus, and the semitendinosus.  These muscles help extend the hip and bend your knee.  A tear in any of these muscles is called a hamstring strain or a pulled hamstring.

Most patients report a sharp and sudden pain in the back of the leg – usually when exercising at high speeds – running fast or making quick movements.  The pain is present when bending the knee or straightening the leg.  There is usually bruising and swelling and in severe tears a gap can be felt in the muscle.  Ewwwwww…

There are three grades of hamstring tears:

  • Grade 1 – Minor tear
  • Grade 2 – Partial tear
  • Grade 3 – Complete rupture

The initial 48 hours is really important when it comes to treating a hamstring injury.  Immediately after the hamstring pull patients should start a regiment of rest, ice, compression, and elevation.  Get to a doctor right away.  Stretching and muscle strengthening will be cornerstones of therapy.

Thigh sleeves will provide compression and warmth.  The circumferential compression will allow patients to get up and moving, and can be worn to compliment any rehab.


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CMC Arthritis Brace

February 19, 2013 @ 1:13 am posted by Brace and Support Help


CMC Arthritis (Basal Joint Arthritis) usually hurts people who use their hands repeatedly in work that requires pushing, gripping, pulling or lifting.

So treating this condition can limit a person’s ability to work.  A thumb brace should reduce pain, and increase function.  A great thumb brace will do this and also allow a person to use their hands.

The CMC Arthritis Brace is designed to position the thumb to relieve pain.  It is low profile, light, hygienic and easy to wear.  Absolutely worth trying.

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Back Support

February 16, 2013 @ 2:03 am posted by Brace and Support Help

back supportWhy the laces?  A back support is intended for minor back aches and disc problems.  A back brace of this nature does not require a prescription and can be purchased directly over the internet.  The laces provide a mechanical advantage to increase compression and support.  The laces are integrated into a pulley-type system to make tightening the back brace quick and easy.

One handed adjustment allow the user to adjust the brace when getting in and out of a car, sitting  at a desk, or exercising with minimal fuss and effort.

The back brace picture above can be ordered with an additional program that includes a video on low back pain, first aid advice on treating back pain, and exercises to strengthen the lower back and prevent pain.  Just click on the back brace link.

back pain program

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Groin Pull

February 13, 2013 @ 1:00 am posted by Brace and Support Help


There are six muscles that make up the adductor muscle group located in the inner thigh.  A tear or rupture of any one of these muscles is know as a groin pull.  A pulled groin can be anything from mild over-stretching to a complete rupture.  Athletes are more likely to experience a groin pull than the general public – especially the weekend warrior.  What needs to be remembered is that once injured, that muscle is more likely to be re-injured.

A groin wrap provides warmth and compression.  This will make the injured area feel better.  Once the pain subsides and activity is resumed, the groin compression wrap will increase blood flow and provide warmth to the adductor muscle group.  That will help in preventing re-injury.

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Pediatric Elbow – For Gymnastics

February 9, 2013 @ 1:00 am posted by Brace and Support Help

pediatric elbow


A pediatric elbow brace is designed to prevent hyperextension, provide warmth, and compression.  This elbow brace is designed with an anterior closure – this means the front opens like a clamshell and closes with velcro .  The straps criss cross to prevent the elbow from hyper-extending – or bending too far.  This hyperextension brace is constructed from orthopedic grade neoprene.  Since children come in all shapes and sizes these braces are made to order – so expect at least three to five business days for this product to ship.

These elbow braces are low profile, easy to wear, and strong enough for gymnastics.  We see a lot of parents ordering these braces for their gymnasts.

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Warm and Form Back Brace

February 6, 2013 @ 1:57 am posted by Brace and Support Help






A “Warm and “Form” back brace refers to a specific type of lumbar support.  The “Warm and form” refers to a heat moldable insert that is custom molded to the lower back of a specific patient.  The insert is “warmed” using very hot water, and then “formed” or molded around the back of the patient.

How do you heat the heat-moldable insert in a warm and form back brace?  A heat gun (like a heavy-duty hair dryer) will work, a hydocullator (found in PT clinics) will work, or a heat tray will work.  Never use the microwave oven – never.

So if you ordered a warm and form back brace on-line what type of household heating implements can you use to mold the insert?  Probably none.  You will either wind up burning your hands or back, or ruining the insert.  What you should do is take the back brace and the insert to the physician that prescribed it, and have the doctor mold the insert.  Or if you go to physical therapy take the back brace to PT and have them heat the insert in their hydrocullator.

Why is getting and molding a warm and form back brace so difficult?  Because insurance does not reimburse for them anymore.  So your doctor, therapist, orthotist, or local surgical supply store cannot get paid for supplying the back brace you’ve been prescribed.  Warm and Form back braces used to be a popular treatment for lower back pain.  Many doctors do not realize that these types of back supports are very difficult to find and it’s even more difficult to locate a medical professional to properly fit them.  Your doctor probably doesn’t know that there is much better technology available in regards to lumbar supports and back braces.

So what can a patient do that has a prescription for a warm and form back brace?

1.  Order a warm and form back brace with a neoprene insert instead of one with a heat moldable insert.  Warm and form back brace. $37.90  No heating required!  Just insert the neoprene lumbar pad into the back belt.

2.  Order a back brace that provides the same amount of compression and lumbar support as a warm and form.  A neoprene back brace will provide, warmth, comfort, compression, and lumbar support without a prescription.  The back brace is built with a substantial lumbar pad inside it – no assembly required.  No heat molding necessary.  Neoprene Back brace. $61.63

3.  Pay a medical professional cash to fit the back brace.

4.  Order a mechanical advantage pulley system back brace.  The laces conform the shells of this lumbar brace to the back without heat molding.  No heat molding or assembly required.  Mechanical Advantage Back Brace.  $65.45

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TKO Boxer’s Fracture Splint

February 4, 2013 @ 9:07 am posted by Brace and Support Help

prebent TKO

Are you looking for a boxer’s fracture splint?  Did you break your pinky punching something harder than your hand?

The TKO from Hely & Weber is a great solution if you’re looking for an alternative to a hard plaster cast.  A Boxer Fracture splint is also referred to as an ulnar gutter splint.  So with this product you order a right or a left depending on which hand suffered the fracture.  The universal size will fit most patients.  However there is an extra large size for patients with big hands.

The new version of the TKO boxer fracture splint can be ordered in the intrinsic plus position – meaning the brace is pre-bent in the practitioner preferred position for fractures of the 4th and 5th metacarpals (pinky and ring finger).  So pick the hand, the size, and then if you want the brace pre-bent.

 The TKO boxer fracture splint is a great alternative to a hard plaster or fiberglass cast.

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