Monthly Archives: December 2012

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc in your back can be very painful. The term refers to the discs between the vertebrae.  These discs are referred to as nucleus pulposus.  They cushion the spinal column from the day to day movements that occur in the back. The cushion sometimes gets damaged and protrudes outwards causing a herniation.  This herniation can come into contact with the nerves the come out of the spinal column causing localized pain and pain along the course of the nerve root.

Common causes include lifting heavy things or constantly sitting and getting up. Aging is also known to be a factor with herniated discs. Most common herniated discs affect the lumbar spine, or lower back, although it can also occur in the neck or upper back, which is much more rare. Symptoms include pain, weakness in the injured area, and numbness.Herniated Disc

Conservative treatment for a disc hernation can be difficult. Heat, anti-inflammatory medication, compression wearing a back brace to increase support and reduce range of motion are all types of conservative treatment. Exercise and physical therapy can help both from a preventative standpoint to treating the condition. If the patient is obese, weight control also reduces the risk and degree of pain.

Surgery for a herniated disc involves removing that portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerve(s). This procedure is sometimes referred to as a discectomy.  X-rays, MRI and CAT scans are all used for diagnosis of this painful condition and the appropriate treatment is made based on some of these tests.  Consult with your treating doctor for the best course of treatment.

The Brace Shop prides itself on being able to provide you with the highest quality of Back Braces available, and at an affordable price. With a wide variety and selection you can sort through braces by category or condition, for example, you can search for braces for a herniated disc. Our representatives are available to speak with you about any question or concern you might have, so feel free contact us today.

Matt Forte Ankle Injury

Matt Forte Ankle Injury

Matt Forte Ankle InjuryMatt Forte Ankle Injury may affect his ability to play next week. Matt Forte, running back of the Chicago Bears, will play in the Bears season finale against the Detroit Lions despite his injury. Forte suffered an ankle injury last week in their win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears still have a chance to make the playoffs this year, as long as they beat the Lions. The Minnesota Vikings will need to lose in their game as well for the Bears to make the playoffs. With the Bears needing a win tonight, it would be hard to see Forte sit on the sidelines.

Ankle injuries are very common among football players, and other athletes that participate in high impact and contact sports.  Ankle sprains occur when the lateral ligaments on the outside of the ankle are stretched or torn. Depending on the severity of the ankle injury, ankle sprains are classified into Grade I, II and III. Grade I ankle sprains or inversion sprains are mild, and require rest, compression, anti-inflammatory medication for pain and swelling.

Grade III ankle sprains requires immediate medical attention to control swelling and stabilize the ligaments that have torn. Grade III ankle injuries involve at least two of the three ligaments that are torn, resulting in ankle instability. This type of injury requires immobilization followed by aggressive physical therapy.  Consult with the treating doctor to determine the type of ankle injury you suffer from and the treatment course.

After an ankle injury, your doctor may place you in a walking boot to keep the ankle immobilized.  After healing, an ankle brace can be worn for an extended period of time.  In the case of Matt Forte Ankle Injury, wearing an ankle brace during play helps to control abnormal ankle movement. Ankle braces can help heal an injured ankle and allow a player to continue playing. Players may also wear ankle braces or any other sports brace to keep an injured joint from getting re-injured or to increase it’s stability.

The Brace Shop has a wide variety of ankle braces that are specialized for all types of ankle injuries. Sports players need help to provide relief for injured joints that are common among all sports. Many of these products help strengthen injured joints and allow the joints to full recover. To see the Brace Shop’s full selection of braces please visit our online store today!


Josh Smith Hip Injury

Josh Smith Hip Injury

Josh Smith Hip Injury

The leading scorer of the Atlanta Hawks, Josh Smith, has a strained right hip flexor which will force him to sit out tomorrow game against the Indiana Pacers. Josh Smith has had a good start to this season injury wise, before this hip injury of course.
Josh Smith Hip Injury has come at a bad time for the Atlanta Hawks who are currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Basketball players and players of other sports are injured very often because of the high contact that is part of the game. Hip injuries can be very painful because they affect the walking motion.

A hip flexor strain is an injury caused by tearing of one or more of the hip flexor muscles in front of the hip or groin.

The muscles at the front of the hip are called the hip flexors. The most commonly involved muscle in a hip flexor injury is the iliopsoas muscle. The iliopsoas muscle originates from the lower part of the lumbar spine and pelvis and inserts into the  femur. These hip flexor muscles bend the leg or flex the leg towards your chest.  It is very common in certain sports like basketball, and also baseball (catchersquatting).

Hip flexor injuries like Josh Smith’s can be divided into 3 levels based on the amount of tearing that occurs to the flexors. Grade I is the mildest while a Grade III involves tearing of all muscles and a loss of flexor function. Your doctor can determine the level of injury and the treatment options you have.  A hip brace is used in many cases to control hip flexion during the healing stages and control range of motion.

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Aaron Rodgers Ankle Injury

Aaron Rodgers Ankle InjuryThe Green Bay Packers have been very fortunate when it comes to keeping Aaron Rodgers healthy this season. Aaron Rodgers Ankle Injury will not stop him. Aaron Rodgers isn’t really concerned about his tweaked ankle. Rodgers, who sustained his injury in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears after being tackled by a defensive end and linebacker, said that his ankle will not affect him in their game against the Titans this Sunday.

Most people will have a twisted ankle or sprained ankle some time in their life.  If the ankle gets swollen and painful after you twist it, you have most likely sprained it.  It’s important to immediately ice the injured ankle when you experience pain in order to reduce swelling and inflammation. If the pain become unbearable, a ligament may be torn or stretched. A doctor should be consulted if the discomfort continues to attain a diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle sprains are very common in day to day living and especially in sports.  Athletes that participate in sports like football, soccer, lacrosse are more likely to suffer an ankle sprain due to the high impact of the sports and the type of ground service they play on.  Cleated shoes do not offer much ankle support and stability so ankle injuries are very common. Many athletes are taped by their trainers to prevent ankle sprains, but most amateur athletes don’t have that luxury.  Ankle braces are a great alternative to taping and come in various styles depending on the type of sport, the shoe gear worn and the type of injury.  There are hundreds of websites selling ankle braces, but how do you know what you are getting.  That is where The Brace Shop comes in.

The Brace Shop has serviced over 1 million customers.  With over a decade of experience, we know our Ankle Braces. To view our great selection of ankle supports, please visit the Brace Shop’s website store.

Neck Sprain

Neck Sprain

A Neck Sprain is term referring to a stretching or tearing of the soft tissues of the neck, which includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The neck or cervical area of the spine is prone to injury because of the range of motion that occurs in this area of the body. Care must be addressed to any type of neck injury, due to the amount of important blood vessels to the head, nerve bundles that emanate from the brain and control body function.

A sprain refers to ligaments while a strain refers to muscles stretching or tearing. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. Mild strains may involve only stretching of the ligaments. More severe strains would involve partial tears. A neck strain may result from a sudden movement that may cause the neck to extend or flex too far. Clinching a phone between your ear and shoulder is a common result of a neck strain, while a whiplash type injury can damage the ligaments of the neck.Neck Sprain

In severe cases of hyperextension of the neck, immediate attention is needed.  Concussions, bruising of the spinal chord and injury to the spinal nerves can occur.  In cases where a car accident occurs, it is very important not to move the person that has suffered the injury, unless there is a life or death situation, such as a fire.  It is important to keep the neck immobilized at all times, until EMT can properly immobilize the neck, to avoid further damage to the spinal chord.

Certain sports such as football and other high contact sports can cause severe neck injuries.  Please contact a physician immediately if you suspect the neck sprain is more than a mild neck injury.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of braces including neck braces for a number of conditions, which may include what you are experiencing. If you would like to view braces for a condition, such as a neck strain, you can do so at the Brace Shop’s online store. While there you will see braces for nearly every body part and age group. Contact the Brace Shop today with any questions you have regarding their merchandise.

Pau Gasol Knee Tendinitis

pau-gasol-knee-injuryThe Los Angeles Lakers have been without their forward Gasol for the last seven games, due to knee tendinitis in both knees. Without Gasol in the lineup, and their starting point gaurd Steve Nash in the lineup, the Los Angeles Lakers have been struggling to win games. Gasol has been dealing with the injuries all season long, and it is having an affect on his PPG. Gasol is averaging only 12.6 points per game, which is a career low for him. Although Gasol may be set to return within the next week or two, it is hard to say if he can help the Lakers win more games.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of braces including specialized knee braces that you can view and sort based on the medical condition you are experiencing. If you would like to view braces for a condition, such as knee tendinitis, you can do so at the Brace Shops online store. While there you will see braces for nearly every body part and age group. You can contact the Brace Shop with any questions you have regarding their merchandise.

Low Back Pain

low-back-painLower back pain is a musculoskeletal disorder that affects 80% of people at one point or another in their lives. The most common cause of low back pain is due to muscle or tissue strain and pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal. This can be caused, by but not limited to, a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, or fractures. Short-term low back pain, also known as acute low back pain, generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. While chronic back pain is pain that lasts for more than 3 months. Chronic back pain often progressive and the cause of it can be difficult to determine.

The Brace Shop has a wide variety of back braces that are specialized for different types of needs and pains. Occupational Back Braces can be used at work, at home or in the car. These supports provide immediate back-pain relief and promote a healthy spine.  Lumbar Back Braces are used to aid in the relief of mild to moderate low back pain, and low back sprains or strains. Women need help to provide relief for strained muscles and ligaments. For more information and to see the Brace Shop’s selection please visit our online store today!

Knee Sprain


A knee sprain occurs when one of the ligaments in the knee overstretches, causing tearing of some fibres. Knee sprains can be caused by running, playing sports, or any force through the knee. A sudden twisting of the knee can also be the cause of a knee sprain. The most common symptoms of a sprained knee are pain, bruising and swelling. Sometimes with more severe injuries, the knee may also become unstable causing it to give way. Symptoms may develop immediately after an injury, but sometimes they don’t appear until a couple of days later.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of knee braces that help various knee injuries, plus more that you can find in their virtual shop. Knee injuries can be very painful and so can the healing process,  but the Brace Shop can help make it all easier. When you are seeking quality and affordability, the Brace Shop strives to be your only option! Please contact the Brace Shop today with any questions you might have.

Brook Lopez Foot Injury

The Brooklyn Nets have had a solid start to the 2012-2013 NBA season, but their starting center, Brook Lopez, has missed the past 3 games and is going to miss tonight’s game against Golden State as well. Brook Lopez is nursing a right foot sprain but did take part in a light individual workout Thursday that included running and shooting but no lateral movement and no contact. This season Lopez is averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Head coach Avery Johnson said that depending on how Lopez’s foot responds, he may participate in “all parts or some parts” of the shoot around Friday morning and the practice Saturday.

Players in basketball and other sports that involve contact often get injured, but injures can be healed if corrects steps are taken. Our Ankle Shop is filled with braces and supports for those who suffer almost any kind of ankle related injury. Each item is highly recommended at a reasonable cost to you. No one can beat The Brace Shop prices, their service and their huge selection. The Brace Shop supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, doctors, therapists, & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Wrist Fractures

carpal-tunnelThe wrist is a very delicate part of the human body. It is made up of a total of ten bones, in which eight of them are small bones and 2 are forearm bones. These bones come together to form many small and large joints. Each joint lined with cartilage and held together by ligaments. The shape and design of these joints are what allows the wrist to bend and straighten, move side-to-side, and twisting the palm up or down.

A wrist fracture can occur in any of these bones when enough force is applied to the, such as when falling down and attempting to use your wrist to prevent that. Severe injuries may occur from a more forceful injury, such as a car accident or a fall from a tree. Osteoporosis is a common condition in which the bone becomes thinner and more brittle; this may make one more prone to getting a wrist fracture with a simple fall.

The Brace Shop sells a number of Wrist Braces which are constructed to aid in support from a minor wrist pain, to a wrist fracture. To view our full assortment please visit the Brace Shop’s digital store.