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Proper Usage of Lower Back Braces

Proper Usage of Lower Back Braces

Proper Usage of Lower Back Braces

Proper usage of lower back braces for lumbar back injuries can be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation caused by the everyday strain such as daily use at work, extreme workout or in any other activities. A back brace is used to assist the spines muscle and bone structures and provide extra added support. However, before beginning to use a lower back brace you must first ask yourself if you should be wearing a brace.

Lower back braces are used mainly for those diagnosed with a disk injury or degenerative disc disease to assist in reducing pain, discomfort and provided extra support. A good lower back brace will keep the spine in a proper posture which will in turn keep pressure off your spinal nerves. Since this pressure is the number one reason your experiencing pain, it will assist in pain reduction as well.

How often a back brace should be worn

 Proper usage of lower back braces include using it only the allotted time necessary. Generally a back brace should be used only while the user is experiencing pain and discomfort in the area. Back pain sufferers have either acute or chronic back pain. Acute pain is short and comes in sudden bursts while chronic is ongoing. Users should wear the brace throughout the day, even if they are not doing any heavy lifting.

In any case, a back brace should be worn whenever doing heavy or repetitive lifting such as moving objections or loading trucks for a living. Acute back pain sufferers should use their brace only on an as needed basis. When the pain starts, apply the brace and leave it on until the pain has stopped.

Use your Back Brace as the instructions intended

Several types of braces exist and it is essential that the brace be worn properly to avoid causing more damage to the spine. The user should understand how each of the brace straps should apply and use them in the correct positions. In addition if the brace has shoulder straps these are created intentionally as a part of the brace’s support design and should be worn properly.

There are disadvantages to not using a lower back brace properly that should be considered before purchasing one. This includes a weakening of the spine from overuse of the brace creating a dependency on the support for the wearer. If the brace is not positioned or secured properly it may not supply all of the support intended or created added pressure in unwanted areas causing more damage than good. It is important to follow all of the directions carefully and use a brace under doctor’s supervision.

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How To Get The Most out of Knee Braces

How To Get The Most out of Knee Braces

How to Get The Most out of Knee Braces
How to get the most out of knee braces. There are all sorts of knee braces made for all injuries and knee conditions. For example, athletes that suffer from mild knee pain in their joints or people who have weak knees are recommended to wear hinged knee braces, as they are designed to alleviate the joint pain and also correct the instability. Other knee braces however are designed mainly for skiers that have ski deflectors in their hinge to prevent any ski or clothes from tugging the hinge.
Other knee braces are even made to prevent the leg from any re-injuries in the ligament. This enables the athlete to enjoy practicing any high activity sports without accidentally twisting the joints in your knees. Someone who has recovered from an surgery from a torn ACL are most likely recommended to wear knee braces to prevent any further damage.

How Do Knee Braces Aid Injured Knees?

Ligament knee braces are designed to be lightweight so that the user won’t be bothered or disturbed by it when it is on. They are usually made to be sturdy molded braces enabling them to last for as long as you may need it on. Ligament injuries are the most common types of injuries in athletes and these include knee sprains and torn knee ligaments. Since the knees need to support your weight on impact, the brace will help promote that support through the ankles. By flexing regularly, the knees are constantly using its ACL and the more it is used, the harder it will be for the knees to maintain its normal function. A twisted or damaged alignment of a knee to ankle could then cause very common knee ligament injuries. It does not take much to slowly sprain your knee during sports, so protection is crucial.

For people that are suffering from arthritis, there are certain knee braces specifically designed just for them. Arthritis is basically a chronic pain that can last quite a long time because it has been inflamed. Although arthritis sufferers can do normal things, other activities, can slowly damage the joints so protection is from a knee brace is needed. The arthritis pain can be alleviated from a knee brace redistributing the body weight-bearing load back to normal. Wearing a knee brace specifically made for arthritis will often increase your ability to perform regular activities to decrease pain from in your legs.

Wearing knee braces for people that are beginning new sports activities are also advised to use knee braces, as it will prevent sprains and other injuries from severe damage of the soft tissues. When getting a knee brace, the doctor or physician that you’re working with will determine what type of issue your knee is facing to prescribe you with the best knee brace.

Make sure to consult your healthcare professional before buying any brace so that you don’t windup buying the wrong brace. The right knee can greatly alleviate any pain you’re experiencing. The most important thing is to get a knee brace that provides extra support to your knee to prevent any further damage. Here at the Brace Shop we are available to answer any questions you may have.

The Best Knee Braces For Runners

The Best Knee Braces For Runners

The Best Knee Braces For RunnersWhat are the best knee braces for runners? At some point in their running career, most runners are likely to experience some form of knee injury or pain.

Knee braces help in alleviating such pain in addition to providing the necessary structural support following an injury. Its’ essential to choose an appropriate brace based on the injury suffered. Below, we take a look at the best knee braces for runners as follows:

Neoprene Knee Braces

Neoprene is a stretchy material that is renowned for its ability to insulate joints. Neoprene braces come in various sizes and serve multiple purposes. For instance, there are those that are simply sleeves that retain heat and provide compression, while others incorporate patellar stabilizers or hinges. Determining which neoprene brace is best for you is dictated by the specific injury that you are treating.

Patellar Stabilizing Knee Braces

Patellar tracking pain or injuries arise when the patella (commonly referred to as the kneecap) does not track properly in the femur’s groove, or thigh bone, resulting in friction and pain. A patellar stabilizing device is, therefore, vital in providing optimal patellar tracking. Typically, patellar stabilizing braces comprise a block, or strap that holds the patella in place while the knee moves through its range of motion.

Knee bands

When a runner begins to develop pain in the region immediately below the kneecap -also known as the patellar tendon-, sometimes a simple knee band will suffice to relieve the pain. Knee bands are simple straps that go around the knee’s circumference and help in relieving stress and strain on tendons thereby potentially decreasing the pain. They are commonly used in the management and treatment of Osgood Schlatter’s disease, runner’s knee, and tendonitis.

Arthritic Knee Braces and Unloaders

When runners’ joints are afflicted by arthritis, the joint space becomes compromised or diminishes due to degeneration. This diminished space is what subsequently leads to bone-on-bone contact that can be extremely painful. Unloader knee braces are specially designed with hinges to curb this bone friction and ultimately reduce pain.

Hinged Knee Braces

Hinged knee braces are typically bigger and provide greater support than neoprene braces. Additionally, they are more rigid and stable and may be customized to fit an individual. You are most likely to wear such braces following knee surgery. While some hinged braces are standard and adjustable, others are designed to limit the range of motion at different degrees depending on the movements made.

While knee braces may help in decreasing pain and providing support, they cannot be a substitute for rehabilitation of injuries and proper strengthening. Rather, they should be viewed as an aid and not the only solution to knee injuries. A qualified professional should potentially prescribe or recommend appropriate knee braces based on the type of injury suffered.

Regardless of the type of runners knee brace you need, The Brace Shop can help. In ordering your brace the size will depend on the brace chosen. Each should tell you what measurements are necessary for a proper fit as some may require measurement around the knee, others a thigh and calf measurement, and still others three inches below/above the knee. Regardless, these measurements can be compared to a knee brace sizing chart in order to establish the proper size. If you find yourself between sizes, it is always advisable to choose the larger of the two.