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

This site has been active since 2012. There have been 4,675,367 visits and 5,160,296 hits since the first post. Learn more about this great opportunity.

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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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Thoughts and Prayers for Santa Paula

December 8, 2017 @ 10:57 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Our good friends at Hely & Weber have a facility in Santa Paula.  They were evacuated due to the fires but thankfully have all returned to work safe and sound.  Special thanks to the Santa Paula Fire Department for your tireless efforts.  Tip your cap to Hely & Weber for shifting all of the Santa Paula facility’s responsibilities to their Dallas facility.  Most customers experienced regular  ordering and delivery of Hely & Weber’s high end orthopedic bracing.  Great job everyone!

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Huge Sale! Inventory Blow Out!

October 10, 2017 @ 11:48 am posted by Brace and Support Help


Heritage Medical Equipment, a distributor of orthopedic and prosthetic supplies, is having a huge sale.  

Over $8,500 in inventory on sale for $2,500 or best offer.

Prosthetic Components, knee braces, back braces….

Some products are new, some are samples, some are in original packaging, all are in great shape.

Free local delivery on Long Island and New York City.

HME Inventory – Blow Out Sale


THIS BLOG IS FOR SALE.  This blog has been up since 2013 and has over 4 million hits.  Call (800) 762-9605 and leave your email address to learn more.

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Reciprocal Pulley System

July 5, 2017 @ 9:34 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Reciprocal Pulley System


  • Overdoor Frame
  • Overdoor Strap
  • “D” handles
  • Pulley
  • Rope with line shortner


The Rainer ROMer Reciprocal Pulley System is designed to increase range of motion.  This rehabilitative device attaches to most doors with either a strap assembly or a metallic frame.  “D” handles are a comfortable fit for most hands and the rope can be easily adjusted.


Designed to assist in regaining range of motion and rehabilitation exercises.


Can be ordered with either an overdoor strap assembly or overdoor metallic frame.

Purchase a Rainer ROMEr


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Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthoses

October 13, 2015 @ 2:21 pm posted by Brace and Support Help



A Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthoses (TLSO) controls the thoracic region of the spine (upper back).  A physician must prescribe a TLSO and the back brace must be fit by a qualified medical professional.

The Extension Orthosis is pictured above.  It is a TLSO ergonomically designed to control and relieve the acute pain associated with spinal anomalies.  This TLSO is PDAC approved for L-0456.

The posterior shell can be customized to achieve an extended alignment of the thoracic spine and stabilization of the lumbar spine and pelvis.  The placement of the extension straps allows the patient to bring the shoulders and upper spine into an extension that is comfortable and aligned.  The mechanical advantage pulley system enables the patient to also control abdominal compression so they can actively participate in their therapy regimen.

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Lumbar Supports

October 3, 2015 @ 1:56 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

Lumbar Support

                                                  Lumbar Support


Lumbar supports need to be fit by a credentialed medical professional, like an orthotist.  These are modular back brace systems so support can be individualized.

For example, if a patient requires a lumbar support after a spinal procedure for a herniated disc then the orthotist can fit a back brace that has removable rigid panels.  So initially, the device is functionally rigid and restrictive.  Then as the patient heals and progresses through rehabilitation, those rigid panels can be removed.  This makes the spinal orthosis more flexible, allowing the user more mobility.

The billing code for this type of brace is usually L0627.

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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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Warm and Form Back Brace

August 7, 2015 @ 3:17 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

back support

The lumbar brace pictured above is an alternative to a traditional “warm and form” back brace.  Warm and Form back braces have been around for decades – old technology.  The warm and form consists of an elastic belt that provides compression, and a moldable insert for support.  The moldable insert is “warmed” and “formed” to the lower back of the person wearing the brace.  When the insert cools it becomes rigid.  This rigid support is customized once to the lower back, and only once.  So if a person wearing the back brace gains or loses any weight the rigid panel will not fit well, making the brace uncomfortable.

The back brace pictured above uses a pulley system for compression and support.  It is lighter, easier to use, and lower profile (less detectable under clothes).  This brace can accommodate for weight loss or weight gain.  It always provides conforming compression and support.

If your doctor prescribed a warm and form back brace please forward this post to them.  This warm and form alternative will do everything a traditional warm and form can but in a lighter, more adjustable, and lower profile support.

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The new post op knee brace from Corflex has a few unique features.

First, the Contender is one of the lightest post braces available in the orthopedic market.  This is important for patients to consider.  As a patient you have rights.  You can tell your surgeon what post-op knee brace you want for rehabilitation.  You don’t want a heavy, clunky knee brace.  You’re going to be wearing this brace a lot after surgery – it needs to be comfortable.

Second, the drop locks and adjustable length mechanisms are easy to operate.  The more a practitioner struggles with the adjustment mechanism to fit a post op brace, the less likely it is that the post op brace will be fit correctly.  Think about it.


This is a new post op knee brace.  Don’t limit yourself to old technology.  Forward this post to your surgeon.

The Contender Post Op Knee Brace is available on the Heritage Medical Equipment website.  Click the link to learn more.

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