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Warm and Form Back Supports

September 29, 2015 @ 1:47 pm posted by Brace and Support Help
Warm and Form Back Support

Warm and Form Back Support

Warm and Form Back Braces have two parts.  This first part is an elastic back belt with straps that provide compression.  The second is a thermo-formable insert.  The insert is warmed and then formed to the lower lumbar area of the person who is going to be wearing the back brace.  The inserts need to be molded by a credentialed medical professional.

So the idea is that the belt provides compression and the custom molded insert provides support and protection.  The downside of a “warm and form” back brace is that once the insert is molded it can not be altered.  So if a patient gains or loses weight, or if their condition gets better or worse, the insert may become uncomfortable or counter productive.

Warm and Form back braces were a big deal twenty years ago.  But back brace technology has come so far, so fast, that most health insurance plans no longer cover them.  And that’s because there’s better alternatives.  These back braces do not have to be “warmed and formed”  because they are designed from panels that mold exactly where they need to go every time the back brace is tightened.  Warm and Form Alternative lumbar support.



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Back Supports

September 24, 2015 @ 10:37 am posted by Brace and Support Help
Back Brace

Back Brace

Back supports or binders are typically just one piece of material that wrap around the torso, secured with Velcro and made from flexible materials such as cotton, Dacron, padding, or elastics.

They function more as a reminder not to move a particular way rather than restrict motions or apply corrective alignment pressures.

Some of the lumbar braces have semi-rigid panels for additional support, some do not.  This is the most basic type of back brace.  Health insurance generally will not cover basic back supports like these.

A back brace like this will offer some warmth and compression which can help mild back pain.


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Back Support

September 16, 2015 @ 8:07 am posted by Brace and Support Help


Lumbar Support

Back Support

Which back support is right for you?  Back braces come in many different styles and are constructed from a wide range of materials.  This series of posts is going to look at these different types of lumbar supports:

  1. Back Supports
  2. Warm and Form Back Braces
  3. Lumbar Supports
  4. Lumbar Sacral Orthoses
  5. Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthoses
  6. Hyperextension Braces
  7. Sacroilliac Belts

Back braces provide protection, stability, and pain relief.  But you have to use the right tool for the job.  Different back braces do different things.  Some lumbar supports offer warmth and compression, some will move your spine.  There are back braces that insurance will cover and there are back braces insurance will not.  Some back braces can be ordered off the internet, some need to be fit by a certified orthotist.  These posts will help explain the differences between these lumbar braces.

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Thumb Brace for Arthritis

September 6, 2015 @ 7:46 pm posted by Brace and Support Help


An arthritis thumb brace can help treat the thumb pain caused by CMC arthritis.  What a thumb splint like this does is positions the thumb joint so the thumb can rest and heal.  The thumb splint pictured above is light, small, and effective.  It can be easily cleaned, dried, and put on and taken off.  A thumb brace can help reduce the amount of medications you take and postpone surgery.

Thumb braces are conservative treatment options absolutely worth trying.  Think about how much you use your thumb to grab, pinch, and open things.  A brace like this can help you achieve your activities of daily living and improve your quality of life.

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back support

If you have been prescribed a warm and form back brace, and you’re having trouble finding one, look no further.   The back brace pictured above is the best alternative for a warm and form back brace.  The reason warm and form back braces are hard to find is that they are old technology and most health insurance plans do not cover them.  The lumbar support pictured above does everything a warm and form can do but in a lower-profile (smaller) back brace that is more effective (offers more compression).

The most telling statement about the back brace pictured above is that we offer a money-back guarantee, and once ordered these back braces are never returned.

Learn more – warm and form alternative

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A knee brace for osteoarthritis is designed to treat the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA).  An unloading knee brace, also called an off-loader, or a reliever works best for people suffering from knee OA where the arthritis s more severe on one-side of the knee, not both.  An unloading knee brace helps absorb your body weight, decreasing the amount of pressure applied to the knee joint by dispersing that pressure with the knee brace.

A knee brace for osteoarthritis with neoprene will help keep the joint warm and apply some gentle compression, this can make an arthritic knee feel better.

A knee brace is a conservative treatment option for knee pain associated with knee oa.  A knee brace can help decrease the amount of medications you take, increase function, and provide pain relief.  Absolutely worth trying!


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