Monthly Archives: January 2013

Arthritis of the Elbow

Arthritis of the Elbow

For many people, arthritis of the elbow causes pain when they bend their elbow and when they straighten it. Along with pain, elbow arthritis often cause stiffness of the elbow. The most common cause of elbow arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis and injuries, such as in contact sports, can also cause elbow arthritis.

The elbow joint is made up of 3 bones. The upper arm bone or humerus.  The forearm bones called the ulna and radius. The radius is on the thumb side. These 3 bones meet at the elbow joint, which is surrounded by a joint capsule.  Surrounding the capsule are tendons and muscles that assist the elbow in motion.  There are ligaments on either side of the elbow to hold the joint together.

When you develop arthritis of the elbow, the cartilage between the bones begin to thin out.  The joint becomes inflammed, causing pain and limitation of movement.  The knee and ankle develop arthritis more often because they are weight bearing joints, but the elbow can develop arthritis in certain jobs and sports such as construction and baseball.

Elbow braces can help alleviate the pain associated with arthritis and allow pressure to be taken off the injured joint to permit healing.

Arthritis of the Elbow

Treatment for arthriitis of the elbow involves reducing the pain and swelling and helping to restore range of motion.  Heat therapy, physical rehabilitation, pain medication and bracing can help reduce the affects of arthritis. Cortisone injections into the elbow joint and surgical intervention are necessary if the condition has progressed beyond conservative treatments.

The Brace Shop prides itself on being able to provide you with the highest quality of Elbow Braces available, and at an affordable price. Our online store gives you the option to sort through braces by category or condition, thus allowing you to find your perfect brace without having to individually view hundreds. Our representatives are available to speak with you about any question or concern you might have, so please contact us today!

Robert Griffin III Knee Injury

Robert Griffin III Knee Injury

Robert Griffin III Knee InjuryRobert Griffin III Knee Injury made headlines recently. The starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins, will be playing in the Redskins wild card game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Robert Griffin III has been much slower since his right knee injury last month. Robert Griffins III injured knee still hasn’t been diagnosed but probably involves the ACL ligament.

The Redskins back up quarterback, Kirk Cousins, will be ready to play this Sunday if Robert Griffin III for any reason is unable.

Robert Griffin III Knee Injury may require total reconstructive surgery.  It appears he may have suffered a torn ACL and collateral ligament injury. This type of injury and surgery will probably keep him from playing for the rest of the season.

Acl tears are very common in football.  They usually occur with the knee is hyperextended and twisted. When someone suffers an ACL injury, they will hear a popping sound coming from the knee joint.  The pain usually worsens as the athlete continues to play on the injured knee.

Initial treatment for an ACL injury is to apply ice and compression to the area.  The athlete should be non weight bearing. Anti-inflammatory medication is given to reduce pain and swelling.  If the injury is not too severe, rest, immobilization and physical therapy is provided to allow the ACL ligament to heel.  If surgery is necessary, arthroscopic surgery is performed with small incisions placed around the knee joint. The surgeon can repair the torn ACL while looking at a tv screen and utilizing small instruments inserted into the incisions. Consult with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for your ACL condition.  Athletes like Robert Griffin III Knee Injury usually require surgery to get them back into shape for playing as soon as possible.

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 an ACL tear, you can do so at the Brace Shops online store. The Brace shop sells braces for nearly every body part and age group. You can contact the Brace Shop with any questions you may have.

Roddy White Knee Injury

Roddy White Knee Injury

Roddy White Knee InjuryRoddy White Knee Injury will not help the Atlanta Falcons finish the season in a positive light. The Atlanta Falcons currently have the best record in the NFL and have already locked the top seed in the NFC. Their star player, Roddy White , did not practice last Friday although he did play the full game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17. Fortunately, Roddy White and the Falcons are currently welcoming their bye week.

Roddy White Knee Injury probably involves the ACL and collateral ligaments of the left knee. Although he said the knee was just bruised, the probability the knee must be drained and probably operated on at the end of the season.

These types of football injuries to the knee are very common and can be prevented or at least reduced by wearing a professional knee brace.  Many NFL players currently wear a knee brace to help prevent knee injuries like the ACL tears that so many players have. Many defensive backs use knee braces to help with knee stability and keep the knee from hyperextending. Knee braces can help reduce pain and increase stability to an injured knee. Knee injuries are highly common in football and in other high contact sports. Knee Braces can not only reduce pain and speed up healing, it can also be worn during gameplay to protect the knee from any further injury.

For the amateur athlete, a rigid framed knee brace can help prevent injury and season ending play.  Many high school and college players wear knee braces as a preventative measure so they will not ruin a potential career in football.

The Brace Shop offers a wide variety of braces for all kings of injuries. Their online store features sorting by condition or injured area, which can help you find the exact brace you are looking for. Feel free to contact the Brace Shop today for any questions you may have.