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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.

Why Should I Wear A Knee Brace?

Knee Brace

Types of Knee Braces

There are basically three types of braces: Post-operative, functional and preventative/prophylactic knee braces. Post-op braces are usually prescribed following surgery or an injury when the knee requires complete immobilization.

There are basically three types of braces: Post-operative, functional and preventative/prophylactic knee braces.

Post-op braces are usually prescribed following surgery or an injury when the knee requires complete immobilization. These braces are usually long braces that may extend from the upper thigh to the lower leg. After surgery or a severe knee injury, mild to moderate pain and edema of the knee occurs. Your doctor may prescribe a knee immobilizer which prevents the knee from bending. These devices are used as an alternative to cast immobilization.

The doctor may also prescribe a post-operative brace that has hinges that offer range of motion capabilities. These post-operative braces are innovative, easy-to-use braces that can adjust the range of motion with the click of a button. These braces can immobilize the knee and then allow controlled increases in range-of-motion as the knee heals and the patient begins physical therapy.

There is no controversy with these types of braces, as they have proven effective and efficient as an alternative to cast immobilization.

Functional braces are hinged supports that support and take over the function of damaged knee ligaments in and around the knee. These braces can be fabric style with hinges, or complete metal frames or carbon fiber. These braces are designed to protect the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligaments), LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament), Meniscus, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament). You may have noticed some professional football players using these types of braces.

Prophylactic or preventative braces are supports that are used by some athletes that do not have an injury, but prefer to wear a brace to prevent injury, especially in high impact and contact sports like football, rugby, skiing and water sports. This is where we get some controversy.

Many doctors feel it is not only unnecessary to wear a brace to support a normal joint, but may cause harm, as it may affect the biomechanics of the patients gait. Some doctors are also concerned about weakness in the knee joint from prolonged use of knee braces. The more rigid braces will remove stress away from the knee and the surrounding muscles and ligaments and may cause atrophy and loss of bone density.

Many doctors however feel that given the right circumstances, these braces, when used properly, can provide a level of protection for athletes, especially in high impact sports. Some patients with inherited unstable knees can benefit from this type of brace.

It is important that you consult with your physician and therapist before deciding on a knee brace. There are hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of knee braces to choose from, so it can be very confusing. There are braces specific for ACL tears, and ones for patella tracking. If you purchase the wrong brace for your condition, you may not only risk further injury, but may cause other problems.  Feel free to browse www.braceshop.com and Shop By Condition to see which type of brace you should be looking for or feel free to call our technical department at (866)325-8045.