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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.

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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Knee Braces For Football

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The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee.

The function of the ACL is to prevent excessive forward movement of the lower leg in relationship to the thigh, as well as limits rotational movements at the knee joint.

The ACL ligament is one of 4 important ligaments that stabilize the knee and prevent excessive or abnormal range of motion. Football, due to its high impact and high contact movements makes it one of the most common sports with ACL ligament sprains and tears. The question then arises that if there are so many of these types of injuries, why is there not more attention addressing the need for protective bracing.

Over the last decade, there has been more awareness of the need to protect the knee during these types of high contact and high impact sports. Many professional football players have utilized rigid knee braces following ACL surgery to continue their careers. As more studies are done, and the technology improves regarding the materials used in brace construction, it has become apparent that more athletes, both amateur and professional are wearing knee braces for both preventative purposes and after ACL surgery. More coaches and trainers have recommended braces to their players, especially those with previous knee injuries or instabilities.

Most ACL braces for football usually are metal or carbon fiber framed braces. This provides the maximum support level that can be obtained, without restricting movement of the knee joint. Fabric hinged braces are available for ACL protection, but they are limited in support, due to the flexibility of the material.

It must be understood that braces do not prevent injuries. Like airbags in a car, they reduce the severity of the injury. So if an athlete is going to be injured, the idea is to reduce the severity of the injury with additional support, thereby improving the prognosis and recovery period.

There have been arguments regarding the use of braces causing muscle atrophy, bone loss and weakness due to wearing knee braces. Although prolonged use of a brace can have such implications, there is no data to demonstrate that short term use during play or practice causes these types of complications. The risk of injury and surgery usually far outweigh any potential issue of short term muscle atrophy.

There will always be controversy regarding the use of these devices and the true effectiveness in protecting and stabilizing the knee during football. It is strongly advised that you consult with your physician, coach or trainer to determine if you would benefit from a knee brace.

One of the premiere websites that sells Football Knee Braces for ACL injuries and provides a wealth of information on other functional knee braces is The Brace Shop

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!

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.

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!

Product Review – DonJoy Armor Extreme Knee Brace For Skiing

The DonJoy Armor Extreme Knee Brace is the strongest, off-the-shelf functional knee brace on the market and is designed for active people seeking ligament protection, excellent fit, and superb comfort. Over the years the Armor Extreme has been used extensively during skiing for people suffering from a wide range of knee conditions, primarily ACL and meniscus damage. Many patients utilize the Armor Extreme following knee surgery as a form of protection from re-injury, and allows them to continue to function at the high activity level they were at prior to the injury.

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a ligament located inside the knee joint. It is one of the most important of four strong ligaments connecting the bones of the knee joint. The other three ligaments being the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL).

The function of the ACL is to prevent excessive forward movement of the lower leg bone (the tibia) in relation to the thigh bone (the femur), as well as limits rotational movements of the knee. Anterior cruciate ligament injuries are more frequent in females with between 2 and 8 times more females suffering a rupture than males. Skiers are more prone to ACL injuries due to twisting (torsional) falls, missteps and binding release issues. Improper condition also is a major cause of ACL and other ligament injuries.

The DonJoy Armor Extreme was designed for the most active of individuals. It offers many features that improve comfort and stability, without sacrificing support.

– A unique 4-Points-of-Leverage cuff and strap configuration, exerting a posterior force against the tibia, preventing anterior movement.

– A strong and lightweight 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum frame for medial / lateral control ensures maximum rigidity.

– Swiveling strap tabs on the frame accommodates changing leg and muscle positions.

– Anti-migration Supra Condyle Pad prevents slippage of the brace.

– Short Calf version to accommodate ski boots.

– Standard Polycentric Hinges for more natural knee range of motion.

– Silver-veined powder coat finish for maximum durability for the serious athlete.

– Optional Patella/Shin impact guards and calf pinch guard.

– Moldable, medial swooping frame for custom fit.

The Armor Extreme comes in a standard length and short calf for ski boot clearance. The brace also comes in a Ski version, which has a medial hinge deflector built into the inside hinge of the brace. This unique feature is for patients that wear two frames braces at the same time. The medial deflector prevents the hinges from catching when the knees are together, thereby preventing potential injury.

The Armor Extreme has been available for many years and has proven to be one of the most functional and supportive braces on the market. Donjoy is one of the largest brace manufacturers in the world and there products have been used by thousands of athletes. If someone requires a maximum supportive brace without customization, the Armor Extreme is one of the best choices in this very competitive market. For more information on this brace including sizing 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 our full line of braces go to www.braceshop.com or call us at (866-325-8045).

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 – 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.