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Back Braces

January 30, 2014 @ 2:08 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

Back Brace

There are a lot of back braces available on the internet, which one is right for you?

A back brace does a couple things, it provides warmth and compression.  The warmth increases blood flow to the injured area, and in general makes an achy joint feel better.  The compression provides protection, stability, postural reminders, and pain relief.

 

Neoprene Back Brace So the questions you must ask yourself is, “what will make my back feel better?”  If the answer is warmth, then you should be looking at neoprene back braces.  The neoprene will cover a large surface area of your lower back and provide gentle compression for some stability and support.  Neoprene provides more warmth than elastic.  If you are looking for increased compression in a back brace then look for a lumbar support constructed from neoprene with elastic straps.  A back brace made from elastic, or some type of mesh material will provide more compression than a neoprene support but you will lose the warmth component of the brace.

Lumbar Support

Lumbar Support

 Most people with lower back pain opt for lots of compression.  The compression helps relieve the pain associated with herniated discs, low back pain, and arthritis.  A back brace with a pulley system has a significant mechanical advantage over elastic braces in the amount of compression they provide.  If you live in a warm climate or if you believe that the warmth isn’t as important to relieving your back pain, a pulley system (or mechanical advantage) back brace or lumbar support is probably the right choice.  These back braces are inexpensive and proven to relive back pain.  Cut down on the amount of drugs you’re taking, you might even be able to postpone surgery.

If you don’t have insurance, or if you can’t afford your deductible you may consider looking at Heritage Medical Equipment’s selection of back supports and lumbar supports.  These back braces are reasonably priced, proven to work, and come from a trusted company.

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Knee Brace for Osteoarthritis

January 23, 2014 @ 1:00 am posted by Brace and Support Help

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Unloading knee braces are indicated for people with knee arthritis – specifically osteoarthritis – more specifically unicompartmental osteoarthritis.

That means the arthritis is mechanical (caused by years of wear and tear) not chemical (caused by any rheumatoid condition or gout).  So an unloading knee brace helps relieve knee pain caused by knee cartilage wearing out from a lifetime of use.

Unicompartmental means that either one side of the knee or the other hurts more.  Usually with osteoarthritis one side of the knee wears away quicker than the other.    What these knee braces are designed to do is absorb and transfer body weight to “unload” or reduce the pressure that is causing knee pain.

Up until very recently arthritis knee braces that provide unloading (also called off-loading) could only be acquired with a prescription.  These were custom made orthopedic devices that took certified medical practitioners to measure for, and fit.  But healthcare is changing.  National healthcare is ushering in an era of expensive premiums, high deductibles, and limited benefits.  So the arthritis knee brace market has been changing.

If you have the money and the coverage you should seriously consider taking the necessary steps of acquiring a custom-made knee brace for osteoarthritis.  Arthritis knee braces work really well, and in most cases provide instant pain relief.  You will know immediately if the treatment works for you.  However if you don’t have coverage, or if you don’t want to put the deductible on your credit card, this new knee brace may be right for you.

To be measured and fit for a custom knee brace will cost you between $800 and $1200.  If you have the right person doing the measuring and fitting, a custom knee brace for osteoarthritis is worth every penny.  If you can’t afford that, this new knee brace will cost you $149.95.

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This new arthritis knee brace is easy to put on, comfortable, and effective.  This is a simple solution to a nagging problem.  Cut down on your pain medications, save money, and get back to living without knee pain.

Heritage Medical Equipment:    Knee Brace for Osteoarthritis  $149.95

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Pediatric Ankle Brace

January 16, 2014 @ 1:16 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

Pediatric Ankle BraceSo your little guy twisted his ankle?  Is it a sprain?

Pediatric ankle sprain symptoms can include:

  1. Ankle pain, bruising, and swelling
  2. The pain gets worse when your child walks, stands, presses on the ankle, or moves the ankle
  3. Can’t move the ankle without pain.
  4. If there was an audible pop (ouch!)

Not every child with a sprained ankle has to go to the doctor. However, you should at least call your doctor if there are any of the following:

  1. Can’t move the ankle
  2. Can’t put weight on the ankle
  3. Pain over the bony part of the ankle
  4. Can’t walk without pain
  5. Pain not relieved by ice, pain relief medication, bracing, and elevation
  6. Numbness in the leg, foot, or ankle
  7. Pain that does not improve in 5-7 days
  8. If you are uncertain about the injury

Some kids will do just fine with rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

  1. Rest – get your kid off his feet.
  2. Ice – ice for ten minutes at a time
  3. Compression – A pediatric ankle brace can help a lot
  4. Elevation – raise the ankle while icing it (prop it up with a pillow)

Learn more about pediatric ankle braces.

 

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Protective Wrist Brace

January 7, 2014 @ 2:31 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

Lacing Wrist Brace

Did you slip on the ice and hurt your wrist?  If so you’ll need a wrist brace that offers both protection and stability.  If you are trying to avoid wearing a plaster cast then you’ll need a long wrist brace.  You will also want a wrist splint that can accommodate swelling.  Your answer is a forearm length version of a lacing wrist support.  The laces will allow for changes in wrist diameter as your swelling goes down, and the length of the brace will help stabilize and protect a sensitive wrist joint.

Learn more or buy a Forearm Length Lacing Wrist Brace.

You should go to a doctor and have some pictures taken of your wrist before you wear any type of immobilizing splint.  You need to know exactly what is going on inside your wrist.

 

 

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