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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

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.

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.

The Brace Shop is an authorized dealer of all kinds of hip braces, giving you the assurance that our products and our services are top notch.  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!

NEW DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace

DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace

DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace

BRACESHOP, LLC ANNOUNCES THE NEW DONJOY REACTION KNEE BRACE

 

The Brace Shop, LLC announces the exclusive launch of the NEW DonJoy REACTION Knee Brace. This new innovative knee brace is one of the first braces that disperses knee pain.

The REACTION knee brace is a responsive, webbed approach to anterior knee pain that gives a distinct alternative to the basic knee sleeve.  The elastomeric web is an innovation solution that provides ENERGY DISPERSION to the painful knee, allowing comfortable motion in a brace that actually STAYS IN PLACE!

 The REACTION knee brace was developed by an orthopedic surgeon for patients with anterior knee pain related to Chondromalacia Patella, Quadriceps or patellar tendonitis, Osgood-Schlatter’s disease and general patella-femoral tracking issues.

The Brace Shop, LLC is one of the first companies to sell this revolutionary product online. The BraceShop.com website prides itself on featuring the newest in innovation and providing superior customer service.  For any questions on the DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace or any products that we carry, please contact us at (866) 325-8045.

 

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The Difference Between the DonJoy Armor and the New DonJoy Fullforce Ligament Knee Brace

DonJoy Armor Extreme Knee BraceDonJoy pioneered the concept of functional knee bracing over 30 years ago. They have led the progression of performance ever since by studying the body, listening to athletes, consulting physicians and pushing the envelope of innovation. Today, DonJoy braces are standard equipment for competitors in over 44 countries.

The ARMOR represents DonJoy’s strongest patient-ready knee ligament brace and is ideally suited for extreme and contact sports. The 1/8″ 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum frame of the DonJoy Armor provides maximum strength and stability in high impact and high contact activity.

Like any brace, there are advantages and disadvantages to wearing the DonJoy Armor that should be reviewed when comparing it with the new FULLFORCE knee brace.

The advantage of the Armor of course is the rigid frame and stability factor of the brace. Many athletes with severe instability of the knee utilize the DonJoy Armor for the most extreme sports. The Armor is also used as a protective brace and preventative support, when the athlete requires maximum stability and rigidity.

The price to pay for this rigidity and support is a heavier and thicker frame that may not be suitable for certain sports such as tennis, golf and running. The brace will also have a tendency to slip down with prolonged use. The addition of the FourcePoint Hinge adds additional bulk and a higher profile brace.

The New FULLFORCE design combines the two clinically-proven DonJoy technologies in one brilliantly performing brace. The 4-Points-of-Leverage System provides ligament stability and significantly reduces ACL strain. DonJoy’s upgraded FourcePoint hinge dampens knee joint extension, which increases flexion angles and reduces anterior shear forces on the tibia.

The result – less strain on the ACL and a considerable decrease in the chance of injury. Together, these two technologies add up to ironclad confidence.

Created for all activity levels, FULLFORCE’s sleek, low profile and exceptionally light weight have made it the go-to prefabricated brace for competitive and recreational athletes of all kinds.

An Anti-Migration band on the FULLFORCE anchors on the upper calf to prevent slippage. The swooping Thigh Cuff for inner thigh clearance is ideal for bilateral brace use. The FULLFORCE is essentially the donjoy 4-Titude with the new LoPro FourcePoint™ hinges, that do not stick out as much as the traditional FourcePoint hinges. Like the Armor Extreme, it is available in a short calf version for ski boot clearance.

If your sport or knee condition requires the most rigid support for maximum stability, the DonJoy Armor Extreme is still the benchmark knee brace.

If you are looking for a lower profile and lighter weight brace, the New FULLFOURCE should be of more consideration. Not as rigid as the Armor, the FULLFORCE still provides substantial support for most knee conditions, including acl, menisucs and collateral ligament instabilities. The FULLFOURCE is more comfortable to wear, and contours better around the thigh and calf. The FourcePoint hinge is indicated for acl instability, especially in repetitive kicking sports such as martial arts and soccer.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition. The content of this article is not intended to diagnose, treat any health problem or recommend any brace.

Dr. Kenneth Shapiro DPM is one of the advisers for Braceshop.com, an online orthopedic brace store.

The Brace Shop 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. The Brace Shop represents some of the most recognized manufacturers in the world of orthopedic braces and supports. No one can beat their prices, their service and their selection. For more information on the New DonJoy FULLFORCE Ligament Knee brace go to DonJoy FULLFORCE

Braceshop.com supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, doctors, therapists, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Treatment For Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Impingement SyndromeThe shoulder joint is a complex system of muscles, tendons and ligaments, that are designed to move the arm in a number of directions. Injury to any of these parts, can cause restricted motion, pain and swelling.

The most familiar muscle groups in the shoulder are the deltoid muscle and rotator cuff. The deltoid muscle is responsible to lift your arm up and away from your body. The rotator cuff is actually made up of four muscles that are designed to allow rotation of the arm. Under the rotator cuff and above the glenohumoral joint (the ball and socket of the shoulder joint) is a large bursa sac, that separates the muscle from the joint. The purpose of the bursa, like other bursa throughout the body is to absorb shock and forces placed on the shoulder, and to allow the muscles to glide smoothly around the joint complex.

It is possible to have bursitis with other injuries of the shoulder, such as tendonitis and muscle tears. Repetitive movements seen in such sports as baseball, tennis, racquetball and volleyball are common sports with shoulder bursitis. Football is another contact type of sport that causes shoulder damage due to impact and abnormal or excessive range of motion.

When the joint is damaged, there will be swelling and pain with movement. When the muscles are swollen around the shoulder joint, the bursa becomes irritated and inflammed, leading to pain, swelling and restricted motion.

Symptoms of bursitis are similar to tendonitis and capsulitis of the shoulder. Pain on palpation and range of motion of the shoulder occur. There may be weakness in the shoulder, pain at rest and restricted movement.

Your physician may treat the condition initially with ice, to reduce the swelling, pain and inflammation. Resting the shoulder is key to resolving the bursitis. Heat can be placed over the shoulder several days after the initial injury to improve shoulder mobility and increase circulation to the affected area. A shoulder sling or shoulder brace maybe needed to immobilize the shoulder and arm and allow the area to heal.

More severe cases require non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and a cortisone injection to reduce swelling, pain and improve function. Bursitis may be caused by a bacterial infection that requires aggressive antibiotic treatment, so if the problem is not resolving in a timely manner, seek medical attention.

It is important that you consult with a physician before attempting any treatment for a shoulder bursitis. Most cases of bursitis can be reduced by proper conditioning, stretching, warming up and cooling down following activity.

One of the premiere websites that sells shoulder braces and shoulder slings for Bursitis and provides a wealth of information on these types of shoulder injuries is 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.

Dr. Kenneth Shapiro

Product Review – Active Ankle T2 For Volleyball

If you ask any volleyball player what is the most popular ankle support for their sport, most will say, without question, “The T2 by Active Ankle.” “There is more positive feedback on the Active Ankle hinged stirrup brace than any other ankle support we carry”, says Robert Belone, the CFO of The Brace Shop, Inc. No other ankle brace has such brand recognition for a particular sport. It is the ultimate volleyball ankle brace.

What makes the Active Ankle T2 so popular in volleyball?

The Active Ankle T2 provides 54% more stability than competitive products. The solid shell transfers some of the weight-bearing forces around the injury site up into the lower leg to help reduce pain.

A Drexel University study showed the brace reduced by about 8% the weight carried by the heel bone-equal to 12-pound unloading during ambulation in a 150-pound person. Bilateral hinges allow unrestricted flexion of the ankle assisting in a faster return to activity.

The T2 features a durable, quick-fitting single strap system that is adjustable for both high- and low-top shoes. Combined with feather-light E.V.A. padding that hugs every contour of the ankle the T2 offers a sleeker, less bulky brace while still offering maximum performance and protection.

The patented design reduces pain, increases stability by controlling medial/lateral motion of the calcaneus (heel bone). Bubble flex pads provide intermittent compression to massage edema away during ambulation. The solid U-shaped brace locks the ankle in place by surrounding it in a hard shell. Full elastic back ensures complete unrestricted blood flow to the Achilles’ tendon and virtually eliminates the chance for blistering. A short curved seamless arch virtually eliminates irritation to the bottom of the foot.

Robert Grey M.S. ATC, who is a coordinator of Athletic Training for The Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Division, endorses the T2 because many school and athletic programs have limited budgets and resources for expensive braces. The T2 is easy to fit, rigid in construction and provides the support & durability to last a full season.

The T2 accommodates a wide variety of shoe gear, so volleyball is not the only sport this brace is ideal for. Basketball, Tennis, Racquetball and other court sports have had tremendous success with the versatility and durability of this sure winner. For more information about this brace including sizing information, CLICK HERE.

If you are a coach or trainer, looking for a brace that all players can wear, look no further. If you are an athlete, talk to your doctor or therapist about the Active Ankle T2.

For more information on our full line of braces, visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.

DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace

DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace

The DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace is a versatile and popular knee support for mild to moderate ligament instability for people with allergies or sensitivities to Neoprene material. Thousands of athletes and non-athletes have used the Economy Hinged Knee Brace for a wide range of sports activities.

DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace

The DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee is a neoprene alternative, constructed of a unique nylon core and polyester Lycra fabric that allows for improved airflow. This fabric provides compression and support, yet allows for breath ability. It is ideal for patients who have allergies or irritations to neoprene or live in warm weather climates.

The features of the DonJoy Drytex Economy Hinged Knee Brace include removable polycentric aluminum hinges, that provides more fluid knee range of motion, compared to lesser quality store bought single hinged type of braces.

The brace offers a choice between a popliteal cutout. (cutout in the back of the brace to allow more breathability and prevent bunching of the material when sitting with the brace. This is a common complaint among many brace owners.

One of the most common questions I receive is whether to get a slip-on or wrap-around, and what is the difference in support between the two styles.

Slip-on style braces tend to provide more even compression than wrap-around styles. Of course the slip-on is easier to put on and take off. The wrap-around style offers more adjustability, especially for larger legs, when the thigh, knee and calf circumferences don’t match the “norm”. The wrap-around style is available in XXXL size for thigh circumferences over 30″ in diameter. Very few companies make a brace this large. Slip-on braces tend to slip more as the brace is worn and stretches out. The wrap-around style by its very nature, can always be adjusted to fit with the right amount of tension, so has a tendency to last longer.

Whichever your choice, both styles provide the same amount of support. It is a question of comfort and fit. For more information on the brace including the full sizing charge and price, CLICK HERE.

For more information on our entire line of braces, go to www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

Product Review – DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace

The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace is one of the most popular and widely used knee braces on the market. The functionality and price are the main highlights of this versatile and supportive brace. DonJoy is an international brace manufacturer that supplies the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding Team, Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, USA Volleyball team, as well as UCLA, Texas Tech, University of Mississippi and University of Maryland. The DonJoy Playmaker is available in so many styles and sizes, that it used in most every sport for a wide range of orthopedic knee conditions.

Of all the braces on the market today, the most versatile brace is without question the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace.

The DonJoy Playmaker is suitable for mild to moderate ACL, MCL and LCL knee instabilities. It has been used by thousands of athletes in all types of sports to help stabilize and support their injured knees.

As an intermediate-level product it has proven over time to be both durable and adaptable to most sports activities, with many added features not usually seen in a fabric hinged style brace.

It is available in neoprene fabric for those athletes in cold weather and water sports. Neoprene helps retain heat and is extremely durable in high impact/contact sports. Skiing, Hockey, Snowboarding, Wakeboarding and Kite Surfing are just some of the sports utilizing the Neoprene Playmaker.

The Playmaker is also available in a material referred to as drytex. This unique nylon core and polyester Lycra fabric allows for improved airflow. The lightweight polyester-nylon weave fabric is ideal for patients who have neoprene-based irritations or allergies, or live in warm weather climates.

The Playmaker also is available in a slip-on or wrap-around style. Wrap-around styles usually are indicated when a persons thigh and calf circumference does not fit the norm, which happens in large athletes, obese individuals, or when a pull on is not practical (removing ski boots or hockey skates). The wrap-around style gives the athlete more adjustability by controlling the tension placed around the thigh and leg separately. The slip-on style is easy to apply and tends to apply more even compression around the knee. The choice is purely a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace.

A unique feature of the DonJoy Playmaker is the availability of an open cutout in the back of the knee. One of the most common complaints among athletes and patients is the irritation of the material in the back of the knee. By creating an opening in the back of the brace, bunching of the brace is reduced and the back of the knee is able to breathe. Again, the choice is a comfort factor and does not affect the support of the brace. Many athletes (skiers) prefer a closed back, so as to keep the knee warm.

The greatest features of the DonJoy Playmaker is the basic construction of the brace. Polycentric hinges with contoured condyle shells and the famous 4-point dynamic leverage system provide unsurpassed stability and support for a fabric style brace.

Some of the new features that came out in 2008 is a drop lock style hinge for post op patients and patients that need to lock the brace in full extension when ambulating. The new Fource Point Hinge has been incorporated into the Playmaker. Fource Point Technology was developed to further protect the ACL and enhance the Four Points of Leverage brace design.

The patented Fource Point hinges are designed to react during leg extension and offer an increasing resistance in the last 35 degrees of extension, in order to reduce extension shock and increase posterior tibial loads.

The hinge has three adjustment settings to vary the amount of resistance to meet the specification of the physician’s protocols and the patient’s comfort.

Whichever style Playmaker you decide on, you can be assured that you are getting one of the most popular and supportive braces on the market today. For more information on this brace including sizing information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition. For more information on other braces please visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.