Category Archives: Elbow

Braceshop.com has many articles about elbow conditions, injuries and other related articles for those who are interested in learning more about what types of elbow braces are good for certain conditions and why that condition or injury occurred.

Elbow Injury for LA Dodger’s Starting Pitcher

Chad Billingsley, the starting pitcher of the Los Angeles Dodgers, may have to miss the whole 2013 MLB season. Late last month Billingsley partially tore a ligament in his right elbow, which unfortunately is the same limb as his pitching hand. After receiving PRP therapy to repair the torn ligament, the Los Angeles Dodgers awaited word about the future of their starting pitcher. Billingsley had no idea if his elbow would put him out a whole season or a few months, but he continued to hold onto hope and 1 week after the treatment, Billingsley found out he was put on the 60-day disabled list.

Elbow injuries, or any other joint injury, can put a sports athlete on the bench for a long period of time. The worst thing you can do to any kind of injury is neglect it. An elbow injury may take a while to heal, so to ensure it heals correctly and prevent further damage an elbow brace is strongly recommended. A baseball pitcher’s pitching hand is their most important asset, but any injury should be cared for correctly and immediately.

It’s very common to receive injuries when playing any kind of contact sport, just be sure the correct steps are taken to repair and heal the injury. The Brace Shop provides all kind of braces, for all kinds of injuries. No one can beat their prices, value, or service. The Brace Shop even supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, nursing home, and doctors. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Featured Brand: The ChoPat Innovation

Somewhere in Pakistan, four young men have just gathered in front of an embroidered cross to play a game of dice and a game of chance.  They sit at the respective edges and take turns throwing cowry shells into the cross to see which side lands up.  Players get more points for shells that face down than for shells that face up.  But in the end, very little stress has been created.  Those involved would call it a fairly peaceful interaction for which no opponent is filled with unnecessary anxiety.  The game is called Chopat.

On the other side of the world, that name has an entirely different, but no less appropriate explanation.  Cho-Pat, a New Jersey sports and medical product supplier, is known for its dependable, effective, and targeted devices aimed at nurturing medical injuries as they are restored to full operability.  The company was introduced in 1980 under the developmental mind of George Gauvry, whose vision was to have a series of tools that could treat injuries and deformities of the musculoskeletal system without adding additional and unnecessary stress to the injury (think chopat, the stress-free game from Pakistan). 

Among the well known Gauvry products, his most popular and lasting creation has been the Cho-Pat Original Knee Strap, used to stabilize and tighten the kneecap by putting pressure on the tendon just below it.  This helps to reduce inflammation from knees at risk of giving out.  Other products include a Cho-Pat Wrist Support, the Cho-Pat Forearm Strap, and Cho-Pat Upper Arm Strap, among many items just as diverse.

As a recognized leader in the world of sports medicine and innovation, the Brace Shop is proud to be an authorized dealer for many of the products offered by Cho-Pat.  Each item comes 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, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Rajon ‘Superhuman’ Rondo

The routine of severely injured athletes is well known to fans.  Man down.  Locker room.  Out for the season.  But try telling that to fans of the Boston Celtics who watched an inspiring miracle happen on Saturday night.  During Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat, Rajon Rondo, the star point guard for Boston, got tangled up with Dwyane Wade and came crashing to the court.  Unfortunately, his elbow was bent in the wrong direction, causing viewers to get a little nauseated.  In proper order, Kevin Garnett urgently flagged the medical team, Rondo was carried to the locker room in visible agony, and Coach Doc Rivers began thinking about how to adjust.

And then it happened.  Minutes later, Rivers was in a huddle with his players when he saw Rondo walk by him wearing an elbow brace and waiting to get back in the game.  The crowd was just as stunned as the team.  Even with a great attitude, his elbow was hurt and he’d be re-entering a playoff game with only one arm.  No way, right?  Wrong.  Not only did he come back in, but he came back in with a vengeance, scoring and stealing the ball from Miami; a team so puzzled by his presence that they lost 97-81.

Doctors were able to pop his elbow back in place, give him an elbow brace, and call it a day.  The rest was up to Rajon ‘superhuman’ Rondo.  Maybe it was him.  Maybe it was the brace

We are one of the premiere websites to sell multiple styles of elbow braces whether you’re a professional, amateur or parent of a budding athlete.  Each item comes 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, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Boy Ignores Stop Sign, Meets Car

Before anyone is permitted to legally drive a car, they must first learn the rules of the road and go through a fairly strict training.  Children who ride bicycles and skateboards from place to place have never been put under any such instruction.  Yes, they’ve heard about stop signs.  But this doesn’t mean that they feel the same urgency to stop that drivers have.  At least, that was the case for a 13-year old boy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning.

Thaddeus Yera was riding his 15-speed Huffy mountain bike around 7am (most likely en route to school), but appeared to overlook a stop sign that put him in the path of a Saturn Aura.  Naturally, the Saturn’s driver, Latonya Wesley, 40,  stopped immediately, shaken by the accident.  Yera arrived at Lancaster General Hospital with a head injury, a fractured femur, fractures to both hands, and fractures to both wrists.  This says nothing of the potential of internal injuries that may have been incurred as a result of the collision (something that will take a good deal more time to assess).  In order to get him in stable condition, he was flown to Hershey Medical Center, where he is now expected to survive.  But for Yera, recovery will take years of support and pediatric rehabilitation.

We are one of the premiere websites to sell all types and styles of pediatric braces for those children we care so much about.  Each item comes highly recommended at a reasonable cost to you and those you care about.  No one can beat The Brace Shop 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!

Cottonwood Go-Cart Accident

Cottonwood, California is the small town home of NASCAR driver Tom Hubert and recent Olympic running competitor Nicole Teter, but Tuesday morning brought attention to Cottonwood that was far less exciting.  At about 1pm, two girls (one 16, one 3)  were driving a 2006 Twist off-road go-kart on private property when their vehicle flipped over during a right turn.  Both children were tossed from the go-kart, but during the flip, the kart landed on the youngest of the two.

The girls were transported to the same location in different vehicles: the 3-year-old was flown into Mercy Medical Center in Redding by CHP helicopter while the 16-year-old was driven in an ambulance.  Urgency joined the younger girl’s injuries with a compound fracture to her left arm and any number of possible internal injuries.

For those who know the thrill of riding an off road go-kart, a certain pleasure comes with thinking that you own the road.  Neither girl was wearing a helmet, both had their hands on the wheel when the turn was made, and to top things off, the youngest was sitting in the lap of the oldest.  Yikes!  Even though the vehicle had two seats and belts to strap them in, they simply didn’t take the safe route.  Of course, it’s difficult to blame a 3-year-old for not following safety protocols, but that’s why parents who entrust their children to knowingly dangerous equipment should also ensure that their children are making the right decisions.

We are one of the premiere websites to sell all types and styles of pediatric braces including an FLA Pediatric Universal Arm Sling.  Each item comes highly recommended at a reasonable cost to you and those you care about.  No one can beat The Brace Shop 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!

And the Sport with the Most Injuries Is… ?

Toward the middle of January, the Brace Shop put out an article describing the increased number of children who get seriously injured from sledding.  If you read that story and know from experience how risky people get when they pull out a sled, then it should come as no surprise that sledding is now listed as the most common cause of injury for ‘winter sports enthusiasts’ by one of the most reputable sources: U.S. News and World Report.

As our January article stated, the most common injuries associated with sledding are ‘head injuries caused by collisions’, accounting for much of the 700,000 cases each year.  The report laid out a top five of injury-prone winter sports and here are the other four:

  • Hockey – With lacerations from contact with other players, the ice, and actual skating blades. 
  • Ice Skating – Wrist injuries from bracing for a fall.
  • Snowboarding – Wrist and Elbow injuries as a result of falls that end with someone stretching out their hands to brace for a fall.
  • Skiing – Knees that twist from extreme force during a race down ‘I-want-to-beat-this-monster’ mountains.

In order to minimize injuries in what can now be called the most dangerous winter activity, please consider the following for you and your children:

  • Wear a helmet if you plan to be sledding head-first
  • You are not invincible
  • Do not slide toward trees or big objects at the bottom of a hill
  • Do not make it your goal to slide into other sledders
  • Your sled does not have a steering wheel, so if you have a last second concern, it’s already too late
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    What About Tennis Elbow?

    The Pain of Tennis Elbow

    The Pain of Tennis Elbow

    By now, you’ve probably heard that you don’t have to play tennis to have Tennis Elbow.  A large percentage of tennis players end up battling with TE, but so do golfers (earning the name ‘Golfer’s Elbow’) and everyday workers.  So what is it, how do you get it, and how do you solve it?

    What is Tennis Elbow?

    Simply put, Tennis Elbow is the excessive overuse of the forearm or elbow resulting in minor to severe pain upon continued use.  Technically put, this pain stems from the muscles and tendons of the forearm where they attach to the outer or inner bones of the elbow (sometimes called epicondylitis).  More than likely, if you are right handed, then any bout of Tennis Elbow will end up on your right side because this is your dominant arm (and vice versa with the left hand).

    How do you get Tennis Elbow?

    Those repetitive motions that demand work from your hand, your wrist, or your elbow are most likely to cause Tennis Elbow.  For example, swinging a bat over and over or bowling strikes for hours on end.  Even the person who scrubs and scrubs a floor may be at risk.

    How do you solve Tennis Elbow?

    A simple answer is hot and cold therapy.  An even simpler answer is rest.  You can’t expect a worn elbow to stop hurting if you keep pushing it to the limit.  A little ibuprofen or even a cortisone injection may help distract you from the pain, but it will never replace a change of pace for the sore limb.

    Mike Weir: Digging Out of a Hole

    Mike Weir, Golfing with an Elastic Brace

    Mike Weir, Golfing with an Elastic Brace

    A pudgy Tom Hanks once told us that there was no crying in baseball.  Now imagine the same film – only this time about golf – and you might hear something like, ‘There’s no pain in swinging a club’!  Try telling that to Mike Weir, who recently took three months off to rest his elbow and study the game.

    If you’re new to the sport of professional golf, then Mike Weir is probably just off your radar screen since he ranked out of the top 125 for the first time since he burst on the scene in 1998.  But Weir is no amateur.  You name the tour and Weir probably has a trophy for it… Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Nissan Open, Masters Tournament, etc. The problem is, he tore a ligament in his right elbow that ended his season earlier than he would have liked in 2010.

    Given the right frame of mind, an athletic injury can give professionals the time they need to study their game, to analyze their opponents without pressure, and to come back mentally and physically stronger than ever.  Still, no athlete wants to end a season early and sit on the sideline as a viewer.  Weir’s injury was originally thought to be a nagging case of tendonitis, but after taking the time get an overdue examination, the severity of elbow damage was too obvious.  Proper healing would demand three months of rest and physical therapy.

    Today, Weir is back on the golf course with a medical exemption for the 2011 season (hoping to pick up $227,885 over five events to earn a place in the Tour).  He wears an elastic elbow support that reduces any swelling or pain that might come by putting his arm back to work.  Taking the right precautions, Weir might be able to dig himself out of a hole.

    Brace Shop Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    breast-cancer-ribbonThe Brace Shop is joining the global breast cancer movement by recognizing “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” for October by donating a portion of their online sales to the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  The Brace Shop hopes that by providing financial support and creating awareness to this organization, that we can one day find a cure for breast cancer.

    As screening programs become more common, breast cancer is being found at its earlier stages, which means better success for treatment.  Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at 40 (www.komensouthflorida.org).

    Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. This disease can affect people of all age groups.  It may be a friend, a family member or even a co-worker who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 5-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 89 percent. This means that 89 out of every 100 women with breast cancer will survive for at least five years (www.komensouthflorida.org). Hearing the words “breast cancer” doesn’t always mean an end. It can be the beginning of learning how to fight, getting the facts and finding hope.

    During the month of October, please join us in helping to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.  “Our company fully supports the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  Finding a cure for breast cancer is an important medical issue for our world and future.  The more we reach out and participate, the better our chances come to finding a cure.  However you choose to get involved, know that everything you do makes a difference.” says Stephanie Bregman (Director of Community Involvement at the Brace Shop). For the entire month of October, a donation will be made on your behalf for your Brace Shop order.  Click Here to start your purchase today and help someone tomorrow.

    DonJoy’s Drytex Knee Braces Vs Neoprene Knee Braces

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    Drytex Playmaker Brace

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    Neoprene Playmaker Brace

    Neoprene is a synthetic rubber material designed to be flexible, durable, and to resist breakdown by water. Neoprene has been used for over 75 years. In its application to braces and supports, it is very form fitting and resilient to the stresses placed on it.

    Neoprene is a very popular material for cold weather sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and is used extensively in water sports.

    Neoprene braces are ideal supports to provide uniform compression over an extremity such as the knee or elbow. Neoprene’s heat retention properties is preferred by some to help ease the pain of a joint due to arthritis and muscle strain.

    The disadvantage of Neoprene is know to many parents who pick up their child’s brace, with an odor that is hard to describe and tolerate. Neoprene is not a breathable material, and therefore retains the sweat and perspiration of the skin at the surface. Many people have allergies to Neoprene, causing skin rashes, blistering, itching and more severe allergic reactions.

    Elastic material is not a good alternative as it does not stretch like neoprene, nor does it have the compressive qualities and durability of neoprene.

    DonJoy developed a material referred to as “Drytex” as an alternative to Neoprene.

    Drytex is a material made of a Nylon core and Polyester Lycra fabric, which retains the durability and compressive advantages of Neoprene, but is breathable and non-allergenic.

    Drytex braces are more comfortable to wear compared to Neoprene, with the absence of the foul odor usually associated with its counterpart.

    So how do I tell the difference between the two materials?

    Simply lift the material up to light and stretch the material. If light shines through, it is a breathable material. If there is no light seen, it is probably neoprene.

    If you are in a warm weather climate, and participate in sports such as Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis and Golf, then Drytex is an alternative to Neoprene. If you have allergies to Latex and Neoprene, Drytex is an excellent choice for support.

    This material is only found in select manufacturers like DonJoy. It usually is not found in retail stores.

    It is important to consult with your treating doctor prior to purchasing any orthopedic brace. There are many choices to be made when deciding which knee brace to purchase.

    One of the premiere websites that sells DonJoy Extremtity Braces and provides a wealth of information on knee and elbow braces with Drytex is http://www.braceshop.com

    The Brace Shop, LLC. is one of the fastest growing brace companies in the USA. They provide one of the largest selections of extremity braces, therapy products & accessories on the internet. If you want more information on DonJoy Extremity Braces, go to DonJoy Extremtiy Braces.