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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

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 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.