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How to Properly Clean a Medical Brace

Medical braces provide added support, compression, and protection to various parts of our bodies. When we invest in a medical brace, we want to be able to use it for as long as necessary and, possibly, later on in case of a re-injury.

Designed to be sturdy, medical braces are made from strong, breathable materials, but that doesn’t mean that they will keep them from staying clean and fresh. Cleaning your medical brace is very important and if you are unsure how to do so, consider the information provided to help keep your brace in its original state. Continue reading

6 Signs You Should Invest in a Brace

There are a very wide range of braces available on today’s market, many of them catering to simple injuries or pains, while others support post-surgery operations and serious rehabilitation. Depending on your individual issues, there are a plethora of options that could benefit your injury or help to prevent one.

If you’re thinking about investing in a brace, but you’re not sure if it’s the right thing to do, there are a few signs you can look for. These signs may tell you that it’s time to rely on something a little stronger for your issues, or that it’s a good idea to invest in one to prevent any. Here are 6 signs you should invest in a brace: Continue reading

5 Tips for Using Pediatric Braces

Even the smallest bones and muscles can become injured. In today’s society, youth sports and competition are performed at a much higher level and, as a result, injuries are much more common. To help protect and fix injuries in children, a brace can sometimes be the key to making them better again.

For some children braces are a new experience. They may have trouble putting them on and getting used to them. However, with a little practice and some helpful tips, your child will be able to maneuver without trouble and start healing in no time.

Here are 12 tips for how to use pediatric braces: Continue reading

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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The Weightlifter’s Thigh

Andrei Aramnau, a weightlifting gold medalist from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, will not be competing in London this time around. Due to a torn muscle that caught him by surprise, he had to withdraw his name from contention.

“Unfortunately I pulled a muscle in my thigh,” he said. “It’s quite serious. It would take me about two months to recover, so London is out of the question.”

Since winning the gold in ’08, the 24 year old Aramnau has made some dangerous decisions that cost him a degree of personal confidence. Within two months of the ’08 Olympics, he was nabbed for driving under the influence. The following year, having learned nothing from the first offense, Aramnau received another DUI, only this time it meant giving up his license for two years.

Needless to say, the Belarussian athlete is not in the best of moods right now. In fact, he deflected much of the concern over his injury withdrawal on the coach.

“I was in great shape, but for whatever reason my coach had asked me to compete in a meaningless competition, where I first suffered the injury. Then this weekend, in my last competition before leaving for London, I tried to jerk a record weight and just aggravated it. That was it. The Olympics are now over for me.”

While London may be over for Aramnau, there’s always 2016. But he’s got a lot of baggage to resolve before that chance comes again.

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Ireland Loses Leamy to Retirement

Denis Leamy is only 30 years old, but for nearly ten years, he’s given his body to a sport that most of us would probably call the most acceptably violent and dangerous on the planet: rugby. Leamy has been a back row forward with Ireland and Munster, usually playing one of the toughest roles on his team as a blind side flanker (muscle and defense) as well as a number eight (weight from the back of the scrum). But a persistent and frustrating hip injury ultimately led to his retirement on May 22.

Offering a fitting speech to end a worthy career, Leamy said, “I find it hard to put into words how much it has meant to me to play for Munster and Ireland. It was a dream come true and I was very lucky to play with some of the greatest players ever to wear the jerseys and feel blessed that I was part of winning teams… I’ve had a great career, wish it had gone on a little longer but I’d like to thank all the coaches, players, medical staff and management who have helped me over the past decade.”

Hips are among one of the most stable parts of your body. Unfortunately, when they are subjected to blunt force (especially for someone playing rugby) on a regular basis, any number of problems are likely to arise. Dislocation, fractures, and strains are just the beginning. For Leamy, this marks the end of his rugby-playing days, but it also marks the beginning of another phase in his life. Anyone who has played more than one game of rugby knows that Leamy has to have some serious toughness. No doubt he’ll use that toughness as he moves in a new direction.

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An Overdue Purple Heart in El Paso

On February 19, 1952, Gilbert Ramirez enlisted in the army, hoping to serve the United States with honor. Soon after basic training, Ramirez was sent to the Korean War, where he would help fight on the front lines of a signature battle, the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. When his leg was injured in the line of duty, he had the wounds and the scars to prove it. Unfortunately, the U.S. Military did not award him the purple heart until May 5, 2012, some 59 years later.

Ramirez, a resident of El Paso, Texas, recalls the battle as if it were yesterday.

“I was in the third platoon – the last platoon to go out into the hill. When we got up there, it was a mess. It was horrible, but I had a mission.”

For years, the military argued over and over that Ramirez did not have sufficient documentation to warrant a Purple Heart. He and his wife, Paulina, spent years fighting for the accolade, only to run up against brick wall after brick wall. It wasn’t until Paulina uncovered a random piece of paper in the clutter of old memories that Ramirez found relief. Apparently, when the document turned out to be exactly what the military was looking for, he began walking around home like he was on cloud nine.

The Brace Shop salutes Cpl. Ramirez and all the other service men and women who fight so valiantly on behalf of the country they love.

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When Injuries Lead to Bigger Dreams

Normally, when athletes are injured, fans continue believing in the possibility of a comeback. Athletes themselves will usually push through physical therapy, whether it takes just a few weeks, a couple of months, or even a year to make a full recovery. But for Jessica Craver, a high school soccer star, her shattered leg was the beginning of a new dream.

The daughter of an Army surgeon, Craver struggled initially to redefine herself. But after about four years, she began looking at life through a different lens. “Everybody knew me as an athlete,” she said. “A few years ago I would have said that the accident was the biggest curse. But without it I’d be a completely different person.”

How has she changed?

Craver has been accepted to the University of Colorado, where she intends to study international affairs and biology, using that knowledge to eventually become a member of Doctors Without Borders. She believes in helping to solve issues of Third-World medicine, moving throughout South America and other areas of the world that need a stronger quality of health care. When Craver begins her service around the globe, that once-devastating injury will mean very little. What will remain is a legacy of heart that went well beyond the soccer field.

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Davis Cleared for Soccer Practice

Major League Soccer reached a peak of popularity last year when David Beckham, the world’s most attractive athlete, took center stage on a field hosting his Los Angeles Galaxy against the Houston Dynamo. Beckham achieved international fame when he moved from a league in England to an American stage in California. His rise to the MLS Cup was inevitable and nothing was going to get in his way. But things could have gone much differently in the title game if Houston’s Brad Davis had been healthy.

After competing in 34 regular season games and 3 playoff games, Davis was being talked about as the Most Valuable Player in professional soccer. But in the last game before his team went to meet Los Angeles, Davis got his leg tangled in a lunge for the ball. Initially, he thought it was a strain, but trainers announced quickly that he had a Grade 2-Plus tear of his rectus femoris, one of the four quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh. Never known for having a bad attitude, Davis took the sideline as a motivational speaker for his team in the final match. Unfortunately, motivational speeches weren’t enough to overcome the leg of David Beckham’s Galaxy.

For the better part of four months, Davis has been walking around in recovery mode, often wearing upper thigh braces like the DonJoy NeoPrene Thigh Support. But finally, last week, he was cleared to begin practice again. Could soccer fans see a rematch between Dynamo and the Galaxy in 2012? Davis certainly wants his chance to take back the title from the hero of Los Angeles. As always, only time will tell.

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Oh, Those Aching Thighs

Aliona Savchenko, a three time world champion and 2010 Olympic gold medalist, has a face that figure skating fans have become accustomed to seeing at almost every major event. Her beauty continues to electrify, her skill is always unmatched, and her absence in the upcoming European Figure Skating Championship will be a lucky break for every other competitor. That’s right. Savchenko will not be defending her pairs title with Robin Szolkowy when the program airs on January 26.

According to reports, while practicing a throw jump on January 12, she injured her left thigh after a harsh fall on the ice. And just when she was almost sure that the nagging ache was gone on Wednesday, another spin caused the pain to flare up. German physicians have said that “she is in pain and unable to perform all elements,” which makes a decision to withdraw all that more difficult. Could she do some of the stunts? Sure. The problem is that she cannot perform all elements, which essentially means her ‘unmatched skills’ from before will not be so unmatchable.

Training coach Ingo Steuer has said that “it was a very tough decision to take because we have come this far but we cannot take the risk of aggravating the injury.” Tough call, but good decision. Savchenko will live to skate another day.

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