Monthly Archives: February 2013

Deron Williams Injured Ankles

Deron Williams Injured Ankles

Deron Williams Injured AnklesThe Brooklyn Nets have had a good season so far, but Deron Williams injured ankles may be a concern. If the playoffs began today, the Nets would play against the Chicago Bulls in the first round. The Bulls would be a strong opponent for the Nets without Williams, but they could easily knock them off with him. The Nets can’t afford to enter the playoffs without Williams. He is the most important player on the roster due to his talent.

Ankle sprains are very common in basketball.  Coming down for jump shots and landing on an apposing players foot is all to frequent.  This causes the ligaments on the outside of the athletes ankle to stretch or tear, resulting in an ankle sprain.  These types of injuries respond to ice, rest, elevation and compression at first, but will require taping and brace for long term protection. There are slip on sleeve types of ankle braces, but they only provide compression.  Lace up braces can provide additional support, but they can be restrictive.  Stirrup ankle braces and hinged stirrup and braces offer the most support, but they can be bulky and take up room in your basketball shoes.  Check with your doctor or therapist to determine the best type of ankle brace for your condition.

The Brace Shop is an authorized dealer of all types and styles of ankle braces.  Our selection, service and pricing and hard to beat. The Brace Shop’s online store allows you to sort by conditions, for example a hip injury, which can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Each item comes highly recommended at reasonable cost to you. No one can beat The Brace Shop’s prices, their service and their huge selection. The Brace Shop supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, doctors, therapists, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Elbow Hyperextension

Elbow Hyperextension

Elbow hyperextension occurs when the elbow is bent backwards beyond full extension or 180 degrees. The elbow joint’s ligaments are designed to prevent the elbow from going beyond its normal range of motion. When enough force is exerted at the elbow or forearm or hand the forearm can either fracture or the ligaments can rupture. This causes damage to ligaments and tendons that surround the elbow. There are a number of activities that will cause elbow hyperextension, including every day activity to full contact sports. The most common sports that will result in damaging the elbow and causing hyperextension are soccer, football, and hockey. A direct hit to the elbow can cause it extend beyond normal range this resulting in hyperextension.

Elbow Hyperextension

There are many of ways to determine if you are suffering from elbow hyperextension. Including swelling, stiffness, pain, or spasms of the biceps. Immediately after incurring the injury you should apply a cold compress to the affected area and you can take an over the counter medication to reduce pain and swelling.

A doctor’s consultation is always recommended if you are continuing to experience abnormal elbow pain or if any of your symptoms have worsened.  There are hundreds of elbow braces on the market, so it is difficult to choose the correct brace. Your doctor or therapist can tell which brace is best for your elbow condition.  Your doctor might recommend surgery to repair the damaged tissue and ligaments in your elbow.  Tommy John surgery is a common surgery on baseball pitchers because of the constant throwing and hyperextension of the elbow.
The Brace Shop can provide you with your doctor recommended elbow brace in our selection of high quality products. Along with elbow braces the Brace Shop also stocks a wide variety or specified braces for your entire body, such as ankle braces, back braces, neck braces, and many more! Please visit the Brace Shop’s online store today to view their entire inventory, and learn about common injuries that a brace can help you with. If you have any questions regarding purchases, please feel free to contact our customer service center!

Frozen Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder Adhesive CapsulitisFrozen Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis, is a shoulder injury that causes stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. The stiffness can be a result of inflammation and a thicking of the shoulder joint capsule. Scarring in and around the shoulder joint and surrounding soft tissue can lead to adhesive capsulitis. Certain shoulder conditions such as tendonitis, and rotator cuff syndrome can result in a frozen should. As the shoulder joint stiffens over time the pain from frozen shoulder adhesive capsulitis will worsen. Frozen Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis occurs more commonly in women and appears most often between the ages of 40-60. Most doctors do not know what causes frozen shoulder adhesive capsulitis, but prologed immobilization with shoulder slings or immobilizers can instigate the condition. Certain medical conditions like Diabetes, hyper and hyothyroidism can result in increased chances of developing frozen shoulder. Signs and symptoms typically begin slowly, but will worsen over time. A frozen shoulder may resolve within one or two years. Shoulder injuries can cause a great deal of pain, so a shoulder brace may be able to reduce pain or even increase the healing time. Treatment for frozen shoulder can involve stretching and exercises. Physical therapy, heat therapy NSAID’s and cortisone injections into the shoulder all help aleviate adhesive capsulitis.  There are a small percentage of cases that may require surgery to loosen the joint so that it can move more freely. The surgery involves removing scar tissue that is restricting movement. Rehabilitation of a frozen shoulder after surgery is very important to ensure a restoration of range of motion.

The Brace Shop has a wide variety of braces for all kings of injuries. Our online store allows you to narrow down your search by condition and joint, thus making it as easy as possible for you to find the brace you need. No one can beat The Brace Shop prices, their service and their huge selection. Feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have.

Chauncey Billups Returns from Foot Injury

Chauncey Billups Returns from Foot Injury

Chauncey Billups Returns from Foot InjuryChauncey Billups Returns from Foot Injury. Chauncey appeared in only his 4th game of the 2012-2013 NBA season and first since December 3rd. He has missed time because of an inflamed tendon in his left foot and Achilles surgery which he received in the offseason. Billups finished with seven points and four assists during 16 minutes for the Clippers. The Clippers have been faced with many injuries this season, although they lost last nights game even though they had Blake Girffin, Chris Paul, and Chauncey Billups all back from injuries.

Players in basketball and other sports that involve high contact and high impact often get injured, but injures can heal if correct steps are taken.  When the Achilles Tendon is ruptured or torn do to an acute injury, immediate steps must be taken to ensure the athlete heals properly and that whatever treatment is recommended, the athlete can make a full recover.  Achilles Tendon Surgery involves re-attaching the Achilles Tendon to the Cancaneus or Heel Bone or in some instances re-attaching it to itself.  The recovery period following Achilles Tendon Surgery involves a period of rest to allow the tendon to heal properly followed by extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. It can take up to a year before a player feels confident enough to put the stress on the Achilles Tendon.    There are several ankle braces that are used following Achilles Tenson Surgery. At The Brace Shop, our Ankle Shop is filled with ankle braces, walking boots and ankle    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.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band SyndromeIliotibial band syndrome is very common overuse injury to the knee. The most common symptom is knee pain caused by inflammation of the distal portion of the iliotibial band. The iliotibial band crosses the hip joint and extends distally to insert on the tibias and biceps tendon. In many athlete cases, repetitive flexion and extension of the knee causes the distal iliotibial band to become irritated and inflamed which can result in diffuse lateral knee pain. The iliotibial band is not a muscle or tendon, but a band of tissue that stabilizes the outside or lateral aspect of the knee. The IT band moves forward when the knee is extended or straightened. Under the iliotibial band is a small sac of fluid called a bursa sac.  This protects the Iliotibial band from becoming irritated from the underlying femoral epicondyle. When the tendon is overused or irritated from the friction created by the femoral condyle, pain and swelling is produced. Left untreated, the bursa becomes inflammed and thickened so it is not a smooth area for the Iliotibial band to glide across. There are several sports where iliotibial band is common.  Running is one sport, because the knee is flexed and extended all the time. Martial arts (particularly the styles that involve kicking), soccer and lacrosse are other sports.

Treatment for iliotibial band syndrome involves rest, ice, NSAID and compression therapy.  Strengthening of the muscles around the knee help stabilize the knee.  Cortisone injections around the affected area offer immediate relief, but care must be taken to avoid overuse of these types of injections.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of knee braces and knee bands including specialized knee braces for iliotibial band sydrome that you can view and sort based on the medical condition you are experiencing. If you would like to view braces for an arthritic knee 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 Pain

Low back pain is often described as a sudden, sharp, or dull pain felt below the waist. Low Back Pain is a very common injury that affects the majority of people at some point during their life. Low back pain is most commonly caused by muscle strain, lifting or forceful movement, bending, or awkward positions.

About 80 % of adults will experience back pain in the USA. Mild lower back pain or lumbosacral back pain usually resolves after a couple of days with little or no treatment.  Low Back Pain is usually due to twisting, bending or lifting incorrectly. If the condition continues to cause pain and does not go away by itself after several weeks, it is referred to as chronic low back pain. Either the condition is more severe, or the patient is not allowing the initial injury to heal properly.

The lumbar area is the most common area of the back to produce low back pain. This area of the spine is made up of 5 vertebrae.  Between each vertebrae are cushions that help absorb the shock of weight bearing. There are many nerves from the spinal chord that exit this area to supply muscle and sensory sensation to the lower extremity.

.Low Back Pain

When the nerves that come out of the lumbar spine are affected, the pain may radiate down the buttocks and into the legs.  When the cushions between the vertebrae are affected, it is sometimes referred to as a herniated disc.

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 our wide variety and selection you can 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.

Runners Knee

Runners Knee

Runners KneeRunners knee is a common injury among runners, but it can happen any athlete who does activities that require a lot of knee bending, such like walking, biking, and jumping. It usually causes pain and swelling around the kneecap. Runners knee isn’t really a condition itself; it’s a loose term for many similar disorders with different causes. Runners knee can result from overuse, trauma to the knee, or misalignment.

Runners Knee is also known as chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral pain syndrome. Runners Knee affects the patella or kneecap.  It is also know as “Jumpers Knee”. Runners Knee causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the kneecap. The causes of Runners Knee are many, making it difficult to determine the underlying pathology. In many cases, a misaligned kneecap is the cause. The constant grinding of the undersurface of the patella against the femoral groove, results in pain, swelling and inflammation.

In many cases a limb length discrepancy or flat feet can cause Runners Knee.  Flat feet can affect shock absorption of the lower extremity, and limb length discrepancy can cause one leg to compensate for the longer or shorter side, resulting in hip rotation, leg rotations and misalignment of the knee.

The key to treating and getting rid of Runners Knee is to determine the cause.  There are minor treatments when a runner or athlete suffers from this condition. Ice to the area, anti-inflammatory medication and evaluation of your shoe gear and gait.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of Runners Knee 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.