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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

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.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace

 

Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace

Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace

 

A lot has been circulated over the last several weeks regarding Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace, his chronic knee injury, and his ability to play soccer during the World Cup.

It has been mentioned that he has been wearing a knee brace when playing, but it appears that Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace was actually a taping of the knee, and not a knee support. Cristiano Ronaldo has been called one of the best soccer players in the world, due to his speed and agility. This type of injury can have a severe impact on his mobility and kicking.

According to Reuters, Cristiano is suffering from a tendonitis around his left kneecap. Judging by the taping method seen on video’s and images, the condition appears to be a patella tendonitis. The condition is also referred to as “jumper’s knee.

This very common athletic injury is actually seen primarily in basketball, volleyball and other sports that involve repetitive jumping movements. There may be associated pain above the kneecap in the region of the quadriceps tendon.

Treatment for this condition involves icing of the affected area to reduce pain and inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medical is also used to reduce pain and swelling. Stretching exercises are also used to reduce muscle contractures. Taping, strapping and bracing of the knee are used in many cases to reduce the stress that is placed on the tendon during activity.

It is recommended that you consult with your treating physician or therapist to diagnose and treat this knee condition and allow you to continue to play at your highest level.The Brace Shop has a wide range of knee braces, thigh supports and compression shorts to fit all ages and sizes.

Check out the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band for great knee stabilization, or the new “>AirCast Infrapatellar Knee Band for knee support and patella tendon protection.

Types Of Braces for Knee Pain

types of braces for knee pain

Types Of Braces For Knee Pain

There are hundreds of types of Braces for Knee Pain. Knee Pain is a common problem among the elderly people and those who have very active lifestyles, and it can be really incapacitating and debilitating. Due to aging and stress, the bone, muscles, ligaments and joints in the knee area weakens and undergo degeneration thereby causing structural knee problems. On the other hand, younger people may also suffer from knee pain at some point because of too much strain from strenuous physical activities. The good news is that knee braces are already widely available in the market today and they are proven to effective in alleviating pain caused by knee strain, injury and knee joint degeneration.

Types Of Knee Braces

There are four main types of braces for knee pain and they are as follows:

1. Functional Knee Braces

The first type are functional knee braces. These braces range from metal framed braces that contain hinges, so they perform a function. These types of braces are especially designed to control mobility and provide joint support and stability. The Breg Fusion or DonJoy Armor are the best examples of functional braces. These can be worn by anyone who wants relief from ACL instability or knee pain or by someone who is about to engage in a straining physical fitness activity.

2. Prophylactic Knee Braces

These types of braces are often worn by athletes during sports activities as these helps prevent knee sprain and injury. Prophylactic braces usually come with sleeves that supports and reduce the ability of the knee to rotate. The best examples of these types of braces are the neoprene braces.

3. Rehabilitation Knee Braces

When there are knee braces that are worn during sports activities like the neoprene braces, there are also braces that are specifically used following a surgical procedure involving the knee. These types are called as rehabilitation braces. They are usually much bigger and sturdier compared to other knee brace because their purpose is to limit the mobility and range of motion of the leg so as not to strain it after a surgery.

4.Unloader Braces

These are the types of braces that are used to alleviate the pain caused by arthritis and other knee problems. Unloader braces are especially designed to provide stability and support when walking, running or standing and they can help their users recover from knee injuries. One of the best examples of these braces is the hinged knee braces.

Knee pain can be caused by a number of factors and sometimes, the pain is tolerable so there is no need to worry. However, if a knee pain is left unaddressed especially if it is caused by an injury or a degenerative disease, it can possibly get worse and it can even lead to total disability over time. Thus, a good knee band will be a good investment because it will be able to provide knee pain relief and promote healing from an injury. You just have to make sure that you will be getting the right type of knee brace for you to ensure its utmost efficiency and to achieve great results. At Braceshop.com we offer a complete selection of knee braces to fit every orthopedic knee condition.

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.

Product Review – The Bauerfeind Genutrain Knee Brace

Many athletes & patients ask me what is the most comfortable knee brace on the market? There is no doubt that products by Bauerfeind USA, have historically been the most comfortable and durable elastic braces in the world. As one of the leading medical device manufacturers, Bauerfeind makes an important contribution to maintaining and restoring health, with an unrivaled commitment to quality.

The Bauerfeind Genutrain knee Brace is an anatomically contoured knit support that is breathable and stretched by spiral stays on the sides of the brace. It is a slip on brace with a special knitting technique that make the support extremely comfortable to wear. The brace is only made in Germany.

The high grade elastic knit material is the hallmark of this brace, and is the reason for its popularity among many patients who suffer from arthritis,tendonitis and chondromalacia of the knee.

This is not your typical store brand elastic knee brace.

A circular viscoelastic donut surrounds the knee cap and helps correct the position of the patella to prevent tracking and patella instability. This insert redistributes pressure away from the knee cap to the surrounding soft tissue.

As the knee flexes and extends, the visco donut moves with the knee cap, thereby massaging the surrounding tissue, helping to control swelling and inflammation.

This massage effect is ideal for older patients with arthritis and swelling in the knee, and for people that cannot tolerate the more aggressive arthritic hinged type braces.

Another unique feature that Bauerfeind does with all their knee braces is to lower the compression of the brace around the edges of the thigh and calf areas. This produces a gradual reduction of pressure at both ends of the support and prevents constriction bands from developing in the lower leg. This feature is ideal for patients with diminished circulation.

The brace is low profile and provides exceptional uniform compression. The Genutrain is very popular for golf and tennis as it does not interfere with mobility, flexibility and side to side movement like some hinged type braces.

The Genutrain is available in black, titanium and nature colors. It comes in 7 different sizes and is universal for the left or right leg. The brace is a little pricy due to the US Dollar vs. Euro, but once you put it on, that difference goes away. For more information on the Bauerfeind Genutrain Knee Brace and for sizing information, CLICK HERE.

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

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

Knee Braces for Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and why use knee braces?

Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative condition that develops as the meniscus (cushioning cartilage in the knee joint) and/or the articular cartilage (soft, outer lining of the bones) begin to wear away. OA usually appears on one side of the knee joint, and affects both men and women across a broad age range.

What causes Knee Osteoarthritis?

A variety of conditions can lead to Knee Osteoarthritis. A previous knee injury or surgery that partially or entirely removed the meniscus from the knee is a common cause. Simple wear and tear of the knee joint occurring from years of activity can also be a factor.

What causes Osteoarthritis Knee Pain?

Osteoarthritis pain results from a deterioration or loss of cartilage. Pain is generally localized on the inside of the knee joint. Depending on the progression of the disease, the joint space may become small enough to allow the two bones to touch, causing pain.

Do I need Knee Surgery or a Knee Brace?

In the early stages of symptoms, a conservative approach is thought to be best. However, based on your history, symptoms, and the amount of degenerative change in your joint, your physician will determine the optimal treatment for you.

What are some non-surgical options?

An off-loading knee brace is considered one of the best treatment options. Injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), supplements, strength and conditioning, including weight loss, and heel wedge insoles may also help reduce OA pain, especially when used in conjunction with bracing.

How effective are Osteoarthritis knee braces in treating pain?

Knee bracing is proven highly effective in relieving OA symptoms. Studies suggest that the majority of OA patients using braces report significantly reduced pain, increased activity levels, and a substantial reduction in the use of oral pain medications.

Studies available upon request.

A healthy knee joint without osteoarthritis
Healthy Knee
Healthy knee showing adequate space between bones
Osteoarthritis or OA of the knee

OA Knee
Osteoarthritic knee showing reduced space and contact between bones.

WHAT CAN AN OSTEOARTHRITIS KNEE BRACE DO FOR YOU?

How does a knee brace work to relieve pain?

 

Off-loading knee braces, such as FUSION OA, and the new Solus OA aid in pain relief by gently applying pressure to the unaffected side of the knee to relieve the compressive force in the affected
side.

 

Are knee braces comfortable?

 


Not all braces are comfortable, but FUSION OA provides exceptional comfort even during all-day use. It is designed to offer the best combination of pain relief, comfort and fit, and unlike other functional braces, FUSION OA won’t migrate or slip.

 

Will a knee brace fit under my clothes?

 


Many knee braces are heavy and bulky, but FUSION OA & Solus OA is sleek and lightweight and fits discreetly under clothing.

 

How often do I need to wear the brace?

 


Your physician will direct you as to the frequency of use. Generally, you should expect to wear the brace during activities that would otherwise result in knee pain.

 

Will my health insurance pay for an OA knee brace?

 


Since The Brace Shop is a wholesale company, we do not participate in any insurance plants. Please check with your insurance carrier to determine coverage for OA knee braces. To see our full line of OA Braces,

 

For more information, visit is at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.