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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

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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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 – Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band For Patella Tendonitis

Cho-Pat’s newly patented Dual Action Knee Strap provides an extra dimension of relief for painful and weakened knees for all types of sports activities. It is ideal for running, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf. The Dual Action Knee Band is one of the most popular knee bands on the market today, and is useful for a wide range of knee conditions, primarily patella tendonitis, and chondromalacia.

Patellar tendonitis is pain in the band of tissue that connects the kneecap to the shinbone.

Many patients suffer from pain and tenderness around the patellar tendon, swelling where the patellar tendon attaches to the shin bone, pain with jumping, running, or walking, especially downhill or downstairs, pain with bending or straightening the leg.

The most common activity causing patellar tendonitis is too much jumping. Other repeated activities such as running, walking, or bicycling may lead to patellar tendonitis. It is particularly common in people who play basketball. All of these activities put repeated stress on the patellar tendon, causing it to be inflamed.

The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band applies pressure upon the patellar tendon above and below the kneecap to stabilize and tighten up the kneecap mechanism, which improves patellar tracking and elevation and reduces patellar subluxation. The knee band reduces the amount of wear and tear on the undersurface of the joint. It also alleviates the stress to the tendon and promotes healing by redistributing the forces exerted by the quadriceps muscle.

The Dual Action Knee Band’s design and construction apply constant dynamic forces to the surrounding areas of the knee reducing the likelihood of overuse syndromes. At the same time, the strap allows for full mobility while providing maximum benefits.

The strap is ideal for people suffering from the following knee conditions:

1) Jumper’s knee (also known as patellar tendinopathy)

2) Chondromalacia (due to an irritation of the undersurface of the kneecap)

3) Patellar tendonitis (An injury that affects the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone)

4) Patellofemoral pain syndrome (you feel pain under and around your kneecap, usually caused by the way your kneecap moves in the groove of your thigh bone)

5) Runner’s knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome may be the result of irritation of the soft tissues around the front of the knee)

In conjunction to wearing the support, it is suggested that you reduce the activities that involve the knee tendons and muscles for a few days to help reduce the strain and inflammation. The taking of an oral anti-inflammatory medication may also speed up the healing process if it can be tolerated.

Talk to your doctor about the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band. It is one of the most popular and successful knee bands on the market today. It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.

Product Review – New Night Splint For Heel Spur Syndrome & Plantar Fasciitis

Anybody who has had a heel spur or plantar fasciitis is very familiar with the sometimes disabling pain on the bottom of the foot when they get up in the morning, or after sitting for a prolonged period of time. There is a wide range of treatment options available for the patient, some of which are more painful than the condition itself (cortisone injections). One of the treatment options available to patients with excellent results is the plantar fascia night splint.

Heel Spur Syndrome or plantar fasciitis is a common and painful foot condition that usually involves a band of tissue that runs from the inside portion of the heel to the ball of the foot and into the toes. This band of tissue is known as Plantar Fascia. Plantar Fasciitis refers to the inflammation of this band, causing pain, swelling, redness and difficulty walking. Many people use all three terms synonymously, but in actuality are distinct conditions.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia serves to support the arch of the foot, and serve as a spring board or shock absorber as you place your foot on the ground. Causes of plantar fasciitis range from a sudden impact, repetitive trauma, improper shoe gear and overuse. Obesity, flat feet and bio-mechanical problems and certain vocations tend to aggravate this sometimes disabling condition. Women tend to have the condition more frequently than men due to the shoe gear women wear.

In most cases the pain originates at the insertion of the plantar fascia along the bottom of the heel bone or calcaneus. Many people complain of pain in the A.M. while getting out of bed, or after prolonged sitting. This is due to the contracture of the plantar fascia at rest. In most cases the condition improves with prolonged ambulation, as the plantar fascia “stretches out”. The condition is also aggravated by walking barefoot on hard floors or going up steps.

Many doctors will x-ray a patient’s foot to rule out other conditions such as a fracture or cyst in the heel. Deep palpation or pressure on the inside of the heel usually reproduces the sharp shooting pain patients feel when they stand. Some patients will demonstrate a heel spur, or bony prominence that projects out of the heel, in the direction of the pull of the plantar fascia.

It is thought that prolonged microtrauma and inflammation at the insertion of the plantar fascia into the heel causes these spurs to form and grow. Most people assume that the pain is coming from the spur at the bottom of the heel, but that is not entirely correct. The pain comes from the pulling and tearing of the plantar fascia as it inserts into the heel.

There are many conservative treatment options for this condition, including rest, stretching, massage, change in shoe gear, ice therapy, arch support, night splints, walking boots and anti-inflammatory medication. It may take several months for the condition to improve with conservative care. Surgery is rarely needed in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

Many people have found relief with night splints. These are devices worn in bed that keep the Achilles Tendon and Plantar Fascia stretched out. By maintaining a slight stretch to these tissues while you sleep, the splint prevents the contractures that usually occur when non-weightbearing.

When patients get up in the morning, there is less pain because the tissue has not contracted. The problem with most traditional night splints is that they run down the back of the lower leg and under the foot. As most people sleep on there back, the device can be very uncomfortable to wear due to the rigidity and bulkiness of the splint.

The dorsal night splint was developed to eliminate the disadvantages of the traditional splint. The dorsal night splint is just as effective at maintaining the stretch, without the bulkiness and discomfort of the traditional device.

The Alimed D2 Night Splint™ is designed to maximize patient compliance with its hinged dorsal shell and dynamic stretch cord. Most night splints fail because they force the foot into a 90º position and expect the patient to tolerate this aggressive stretch for the entire night.

The new D2 Night Splint™ overcomes this major source of patient noncompliance by allowing the patient to start with a more gradual stretch and progress as her condition improves.

This progressive stretch night splint also enables adjustment of the position if discomfort increases. In addition, because the splint is anterior (in front of the ankle & leg), there is more comfort when a patient is sleeping on his/her back.

The patient controls the degree of stretch, a stretch she can tolerate all night
for maximum effectiveness.

Features and Benefits of The Alimed D2 Night Splint™

* Dynamic stretch cord provides a low load stretch force that gently pulls
the foot into dorsiflexion.
* Articulating foot piece and soft bottom enhance safety and comfort
during nighttime and ambulation.
* ROM indicator allows for easy monitoring of progress for documentation.
* Padded terry cloth liner wicks away moisture, helping keep skin dry and
comfortable.
* Plush neoprene straps contour to fit the foot and calf for all-night
comfort.
* Adjust Dynamic Stretch cord in seconds for a dorsiflexion stretch force
that can be sustained all night.
* Numbered cord hooks allow patient to easily gauge progress.
* Up to 15° dorsiflexion.

For more information on this night splint including sizing information CLICK HERE.

Talk to your doctor about the New Alimed Dorsal Night Splint™. It is one of the most popular and successful night splints on the market today. For more information on our entire line of night splints go to 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 co

Product Review – The DonJoy BOA Lumbar-Sacral Back Support

The DonJoy BOA Back Brace effectively address a variety of clinical spinal indications. Designed with patient need and comfort in mind, the BOA (Back Orthotic Appliance) is ideal for spinal stability and abdominal support for post traumatic and chronic lumbosacral support, lumbar spinal laminectomy, lumbar discectomy and disc herniation. DJO Incorporated is a leading global provider of high-quality, orthopedic devices, with a broad range of products used for rehabilitation, pain management and physical therapy.

The New DonJoy Boa Lumbar-Sacra Back Support is not your typical back brace.

The patented Lacer Design Compression System is an integral feature of the BOA Back Brace. The system utilizes a multiple tear-drop channel design in conjunction with a high-tension harness cord and one simple pull strap to effectively tighten the orthosis with minimal exertion, strength, grasp and body motion by the patient.

Features and Benefits of The DonJoy BOA Lumbar-Sacral Back Support include:

* Rigid, heat-moldable kydex contoured anterior panel and liner for increased abdominal compression.
* Reduce loads on the intervertebral discs.
* Easy to use compression technology.
* Simple hook-loop closure.
* Pull handle allows for a quick closure that can be adjusted according to patient need.
* Soft, breathable, interior spacer fabric.
* Outer mesh allows heat to escape without compromising stability.
* Lightweight and low profile.
* Multifunctional use for post-operative and maintenance use.
* Lordotic Foam inserts available at varying degrees for the treatment of lordosis.
* Available in Low Profile 8″ or Regular 10″.
* Rigid posterior compression panels.

“The BOA back brace solution is an important component of our spine market strategy,” said Les Cross, president and CEO of dj Orthopedics. “The prevalence of back problems, and the products and procedures centered around the treatment of spinal disorders and pain, have made the spine segment one of the largest and fastest growing orthopedic markets. With the launch of the BOA back brace, we now offer a more complete solution for rehabilitation from spinal surgery and other back-related injuries.

With the launch of the new BOA back brace, DJ Orthopedics also offers both a rigid back brace to provide post-surgical support as well as a line soft compression braces used for daily maintenance and pain relief.”

For more information and sizing chart, please CLICK HERE. For all of your bracing needs, 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.

Product Review – The New Swede-O Thermoskin Heel-Rite

Anybody who has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis is very familiar with the sometimes disabling pain on the bottom of the foot when they get up in the morning, or after sitting for a prolonged period of time. There is a wide range of treatment options available from taping, pain medication, arch supports, night splints and cortisone injections. A new treatment option is now available from Swede-O Inc. called the Heel-Rite Ankle Support.

The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissue that originates on the inner portion of the heel bone and fans out under the arch to the balls of the feet and inserts into the toes. It forms the longitudinal arch of the foot and functions as a shock-absorber when you walk or run. Irritation or inflammation of the plantar fascia occurs primarily at its attachment to the heel bone or calcaneus.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis usually occur in the morning when the patient gets out of bed. The pain usually subsides after a couple of minutes, but returns with prolonged sitting. This is due to a tightening or contracture of the plantar fascia at rest. When standing the fascia stretches “suddenly” causing pain at the insertion. As the fascia “stretches out”, the pain subsides. If untreated, the pain worsens and increases in duration. Plantar fasciitis is further aggravated by poor fitting shoes, barefoot ambulation, and aggressive sports activities.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis is usually conservative in nature. Rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, padding, alternative shoe gear, arch supports, orthotics, stretching exercises usually improve the condition. Cortisone injections are sometimes necessary to reduce severe pain, and if conservative treatment and time have not improved the condition, surgery is sometimes indicated.

Arch supports and orthotics (custom made arch supports) are a very popular treatment modality among Podiatrists, Chiropractors and Therapists and have proven very successful in controlling abnormal gait, excessive pronation and support of the plantar fascia. In many instances, these devices cannot be worn due to shoegear restrictions. Since most of the damage and irritation of the plantar fascia occurs during the day, with prolonged standing, walking and physical activity, an alternative to orthotics and arch supports was limited. Until Swede-O developed a unique and supportive brace called The Heel-Rite.

The Heel-Rite is a combination ankle brace and arch support. The patented Heel-Rite provides effective daytime treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. The Heel-Rite is comfortable to wear and low profile in design.

The brace contains a support strap that lifts the arch and provide compression to the plantar fascia and stabilization of the longitudinal arch.

Another unique feature of the Heel-Rite is the brace material. Swede-O utilizes a Thermoskin Thermal fabric that has been clinically proven to increase subcutaneous skin temperature 2-3°F for optimal level of heat therapy. Thermoskin’s patented Trioxon® lining creates a micro-climate that maintains elevated skin temperature while still allowing the skin to ventilate for long-term user comfort. The spiral structure of the Trioxon lining lifts moisture away from the skin and traps air within the lining to help prevent excessive perspiration.

This combination of ankle and foot stability, heat therapy, and arch support with compression makes this a great alternative to bulky arch supports and orthotic inserts. The Heel-Rite fits into most shoes and is very adjustable, coming in just two sizes. It is universal for left or right ankles. More more information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended that you consult with your treating doctor to determine the cause of your orthopedic condition and the appropriate treatment. For more information on this and other similar braces go to www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

Product Review – The Ossur Exoform Wrist Brace

The choice between the myriad of wrist braces and supports on the market is difficult and confusing. The Ossur Exoform Wrist Brace Ossur’s 21st Century breakthrough technology creates the new standard of ergonomic precision. If someone is looking for one of the best fitting, contoured wrist brace, the Ossur Exoform has set the standard.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that exerts pressure on the median nerve (a sensory nerve) at the wrist. The medium nerve extends from the arm into the hand and gives you feeling in your thumb, index, middle and ring fingers.

The name derives from the carpal bones that make up the wrist joint. The “carpal tunnel” is a narrow passageway where the nerve travels into the hand. It is composed of a combination of ligaments and bones.

When the soft tissue around the carpal tunnel becomes swollen or inflamed, it presses on the nerve in the tunnel and causes pain and numbness.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused by repetitive hand movements, or jobs that causes constant pressure on the wrist. Carpenters, computer operators and musicians are prone to develop this condition. Women who retain fluid (pregnancy, menopause), patients that are obese or with diabetes and arthritis are also known to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome usually feel numbness and tingling initially. As the condition becomes chronic, the patient may experience pain when gripping or with repetitive activities. Some patients notice an increase in pain and numbness in bed due to swelling and inflammation of the tissue and hand/wrist position when sleeping.

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the cause of the condition and the severity of the pain and numbness.

Treatment usually includes rest, ice and immobilization in a wrist splint. If the cause of the disorder is due to a medical condition, then your doctor will determine the treatment(s) for those conditions in an attempt to reduce the symptoms.

In more advanced cases, cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and oral steroids have been used. Surgical correction is used as a last resort, when it is determined that persistent numbness and weakness may become permanent.

Surgery involves severing the ligament around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve. This surgical procedure is called “carpal tunnel release.”

Used as a preventative brace or post-surgical support, the Ossur Exoform Wrist Brace has proven to be one of the most supportive and comfortable braces on the market.

It is ergonomically contoured on the inside of the brace, providing the most comfort and best fit. The contoured padding mirrors the shape of the patients body and the injected molded plastic supports surrounding the brace produce the highest degree of durability and immobilization.

An adjustable aluminum palmar stay allows for fine-tuning of the brace when needed. Providing this combination of comfort and support, ensures patient compliance and ease of use. The brace can be used both as a preventative or post-surgical brace.

It is available in an 8″ length for both day and nighttime use. It is also available in an extra small size for small wrist sizes. You can find more information and sizing instruction for this brace by Clicking Here.  A hot/cold gel pad is an available accessory for the brace for added benefit.

It is always recommended that you consult with your treating doctor to determine the cause of your orthopedic condition and the appropriate treatment.  Go to www.braceshop.com or call us today at (866)325-8045 for more information on the Ossue Exoform wrist brace.