Category Archives: Knee

Braceshop.com has many articles about knee injuries in sports and the type of knee braces indicated for these injuries. ACL injuries, meniscus tears and knee sprains requiring knee surgery and post-op knee braces are reviewed.

Protective Knee Braces for Ski Season

Skiing in field of snow

A popular topic among ski enthusiasts is knee injuries, which account for one-third of skiing accident or incident problems. For example, a twist of the knee leads to the most common knee sprain, the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL).  However, in recent years there has been a significant increase in the rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

Bracing is a great way to help minimize the risk of knee injury. With ski season upon us, educating yourself about knee bracing options is important. Wearing a brace can help prevent knee damage under certain circumstances. Continue reading

Manufacturer Spotlight: Why We Love Breg Braces

The company Breg has over twenty years of experience making knee braces and continues to offer some of the highest quality braces to its customers. Using the latest technologies, Breg is constantly working to create braces that are not only effective at preventing and protecting injuries, but that are also comfortable and easy to wear.

Breg offers an extensive product line catering to every individual, including those in need of post-op braces, osteoarthritis needs, and sports bracing. This spotlight looks to highlight some of the best features of Breg braces and inform potential brace users about their product lines. Here are 6 reasons why we love Breg braces: 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

Knee Braces: 6 Ways They Can Help Students Prepare for School Sports

Braces for School Sports

More and more we see the popularity of youth sports intensifying; while this is great for parents who want their kids to stay active, it also means paying more attention to sport safety and injury prevention.

As interest in playing sports grows, so does the level of competition and intensity. Many experts have expressed the growing number of youth injuries is due to the higher levels of performance required to be successful in a variety sports. Today’s kids need to be stronger, faster and braver in order to surpass others who have been training their whole lives in a particular sport. Continue reading

DonJoy OA Reaction Knee Brace

DonJoy OA Reaction Knee Brace

DonJoy OA Reaction Knee Brace

The DonJoy OA Reaction Knee Brace is a new variation of the popular DonJoy Reaction knee brace that encompasses a mild off load of the medial or lateral compartment of a knee joint with unicompartmental osteoarthritis.

The knee brace is an alternative to a metal or carbon fiber “unloader” type knee support, but is more than lower cost fabric type braces that are sometimes referred to as an arthritis knee brace.

The Basic Reaction Knee Brace claim is that the design and elastomeric web material provides shock absorption and disperses energy, while shifting pain away from the knee. The Reaction Web Knee Brace was developed by Dr. William Nordt, an orthopedic surgeon.

The DonJoy OA Reaction Knee Brace has a hinge on one side with a soft silicone condyle pad under the brace to ensure comfort along the medial or lateral aspect of the knee joint. The knee brace is very low-profile and can be worn under most clothing, making it a great alternative to more bulky arthritis knee braces.

The DonJoy OA Reaction Knee Brace is not for everyone. The brace only provides a mild unloading effect, so if more rigidity is needed and a larger degree of unloading is needed, you must utilize a metal or carbon fiber unloader type knee brace, that provides knee joint stability and unloading of the medial or lateral knee compartments. For these types of situations the DonJoy OA Nano Arthritis Knee Brace or the new OA Ajuster 3 can fulfill those requirements.

The DonJoy OA Reaction Knee Brace is comfortable to wear for long periods of time during the day. The price is very reasonable for a hinged arthritis knee brace and does include an undersleeve which helps with keeping the brace in place on the knee and provides additional comfort and compression.
The brace is ideal for sports such as tennis, golf and running.

The DonJoy Shop  The Brace Shop carries a full line of DonJoy Arthritis Knee Braces for most every situation and condition, including the new DonJoy OA Reaction Web Knee Brace. Shop where the Pro’s Go!

Choosing a Knee Brace

Choosing a Knee Brace

trizoneWhen you are looking at choosing a knee brace online, the challenges that face you are many.

First is finding a reputable website with a large selection and history of selling online. Second is finding the knee brace that is best for your knee condition. How do you choose? How do you know what knee brace is best for your situation or injury?

Before searching online for a knee brace, consult with your doctor, coach or trainer to determine what your knee injury is and if a brace is appropriate. If a brace is needed, there are many factors to take into consideration. Your age, height weight, sex, activity level are important factors to determine which manufacturer and type of knee brace is appropriate.

A good example of this fact is from a consumer who had arthritis in one of his knees and purchased a knee brace from some company online. The problem was he purchased a professional sports arthritis knee brace and he was 85 years old, and just needed a brace to get around. The website he purchased it from had an answering machine and no address provided, so he was stuck with a very expensive brace, with no way to return it.

These are situations that occur every day. Price is very important when shopping online. Doing your research is more important. Many physicians tell their patients to go online and get a brace, not being specific as to the manufacturer or style of brace. This creates confusion for the consumer, athlete or patient that needs the support.

Choosing a website that has experience in dealing with these situations gives the consumer a sense of confidence that the product they are getting is right for their knee condition. The
The Brace Shophas been around for over a decade and has services over one million customers. They provide over 50 manufacturers and thousands of orthopedic braces and supports. They are on the INC. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies, A+ BBB, and other awards. They have experience in dealing with most every knee problem imaginable and can talk with the treating physician or healthcare provider to determine which is an appropriate knee support for their patient.

Braceshop.com offers competitive pricing, fast shipping, free technical help and a fair exchange and return policy. Our customer service is available during normal business hours toll free, and can also be reached via instant message and email. Unlike many websites, Amazon and other shopping platforms, we want to speak with our customers. It ensures complete satisfaction, reduces errors and makes for a great user experience.

So trust The Brace Shop for your next knee brace purchase. Join our family of over one million satisfied customers.

Shea Webers Subluxed Kneecap

Shea Webers Subluxed Kneecap

Shea Webers Subluxed KneecapShea Webers Subluxed Kneecap made the hockey headlines last week and will be out at least 4-6 weeks. He is going to go under the knife to repair the knee, and although the type of surgery was not disclosed, his ACL was intact.

Kneecap dislocations and subluxations are common in high impact and high contact sports like hockey. Shea Webers Subluxed Kneecap occurred when the kneecap becomes partially dislocated and then goes back into the femoral groove. When the knee is fully extended, the kneecap or patella is forced outwards or lateral.

Many athletes with large quadriceps can dislocate their patella because their outer thigh is overdeveloped and inner thigh in underdeveloped.

Initial treatment for this condition is ice, rest, elevation and compression to the knee. Anti-inflammatory medication is used to reduce the pain and swelling. A knee brace is often used to stabilize the knee and control the patella tracking movement.

In cases where the condition is chronic or if the athlete is more susceptible to subluxation, surgery is necessary. In Shea Webers Subluxed Kneecap, a lateral release may have been performed, which loosens the tissue on the outside of the knee and kneecap. This creates a better balance of the quadriceps and quadriceps tendon. Creating a larger groove in the femoral condyle can be done to allow the patella to track better.

Whatever the treatment, a patella knee brace is very beneficial to prevent the condition from occurring or reoccuring. These types of braces are called “Lateral Stabilizer Knee Braces”. A good example of a popular patella knee brace is Medi USA PT Control Patella Knee Brace. This brace has a unique buttress and thermoplastic plate that work when the knee is extended to control patella subluxation.

When deciding which brace is best for your condition, please consult your healthcare professional. Choose The Brace Shop for all your knee brace needs. Go to Knee Braces. They offer a great selection, price and customer service.

Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace

Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace

 

Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace

The New Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace is revolutionizing knee bracing. Once and a while, a manufacturer develops a patellofemoral knee brace that far exceeds most people’s expectations in terms of comfort, function and support.

Many knee braces usually can satisfy one or even two of these requirements, but when all three features are met, we have a home run.

The R&D department at Breg has come up with a revolutionary patellofemoral knee brace that addresses many of the problems and complaints that athletes have when wearing a knee brace, and in particular a patellofemoral support.

The New Breg FreeRunner Patellofemoral Knee Brace is a fabric style brace designed for athletes suffering from patellofemoral disorders such as patella tracking, subluxation and other patella related overuse conditions.

The unique design of these knee braces provide dynamic patella stabilization of the knee when the knee is fully extended, but relaxes during flexion of the knee. One of the most common complaints with these types of braces is slippage.

Breg has addressed this problem by providing elastic banding around the ends of the brace and silicone strips for better skin traction. The brace is extremely lightweight at only 7 oz. and is very low profile, so it can be worn under clothing.

The Breg FreeRunner also has medial and lateral hinges on either side for additional knee stability and support. Its front closure design allows for customized fit and easy application. Cleaning the brace is easy as hand washing in a sink with cold water with mild soap.

The new Smart-Zone Compression fabric provides a combination of moderate compression for anatomic support and light compression for a non-binding fit. This is by far one of the most comfortable patellofemoral knee braces on the market.

Application of the brace is easy. If you forget how to put it on, Breg has a QR code on the brace that you can scan with your phone or tablet for a quick and easy reminder.The brace is ideal for a wide range of patella conditions such as patellar tendonitis or “Jumper’s Knee”, patellar tracking disorder and patellar pain syndrome or “Runner’s Knee”. Check with your doctor or sports medicine specialist to determine your condition and if the Breg FreeRunner is the brace for your condition.

The Brace Shop is your sports authority on patella conditions and the Breg FreeRunner Knee Brace.

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer

Soccer is the most widely played sport in the USA behind basketball and baseball.  With all the attention drawn to the 2014 FIF World Cup, it is important for younger players to understand that the soccer players they see on TV are the best in the world.

Judging by the many women who seem to be attracted to these shirtless athletes with well defined abs, it demonstrates that strength and flexibility are a necessary combination to compete at this level.

Many of these athletes wear compression thigh sleeves to reduce hamstring injuries and prevent muscle fatigue. So should thigh braces be used during soccer by younger soccer players?

Younger athletes do not have the skills or conditioning to participate at this level of play, and injuries are very common. Many of the injuries that occur are due to the repetitive kicking movements when playing soccer.  These injuries involve the upper thigh and groin area and occur primarily due to lack of stretching or hyperextension of the groin and thigh muscles.  If you analyze a soccer player kicking, you will see various hip, knee and ankle movements all working together to kick the soccer ball in a certain direction with a certain velocity.

Muscle strains and sprains are common injuries in the thigh and groin area due to repetitive start/stop motions and rotation movements. The adductor muscle group, which is made up of 5 muscles stabilize movement of the leg when running in a sport that changes direction a lot. The quadriceps, which are made up of 4 muscles in front of the thigh are susceptible to injury due to overuse and improper conditioning.  The hamstrings, which are a group of three muscles in the back of the thigh are designed to counteract the forces of the quadriceps.

 

All of these muscles make up the majority of the thigh musculature.  In order to reduce the stress and strains of playing soccer and reduce the chance of injury, a thigh brace is utilized to protect these muscles. Most of these thigh braces are compression braces, which reduce vibration and overstretching of the muscles and tendons.

Some braces also help retain heat to the skin, to keep the musculature warm to prevent contractures.  Compression shorts are also popular choices as they provide more complete coverage of the groin and thigh areas.  Thigh braces are inexpensive and easy to wear.  They are unobtrusive and do not restrict movement.

There is no substitute to good warm ups and stretching exercises before playing soccer. So should thigh braces be used during soccer?  It has been shown that Knee Braces like thigh supports add an additional element of protection for the young athlete to reduce the change of injury.

The Brace Shop has a wide range of thigh supports and compression shorts to fit all ages and sizes.

Check out the Bio Skin Thigh Skin with Cinch Strap for maximum thigh protection, or the new Bauerfeind MyoTrain Elastic Thigh Brace for maximum support and comfort.