Bracing is a common practice in physical therapy that uses supportive devices to stabilize a body part or joint on a short-term basis. Unlike a cast, which would be used for fractures, braces allow for movement but still restrict motions that would cause unwanted and unnecessary stress.
Lightweight, low-profile, single upright osteoarthritis knee brace with unique varus/valgus angle adjustment to optimize pain relief.
Laterally applied frame and hinge corrects for either medial or lateral compartment and avoids contralateral limb contact during gait.
cervical collar bracing
Also often referred to as a neck brace, a cervical collar brace is designed to offer stability to the neck through restraining head movement and constricting the neck to a neutral position. It is often used in the event of a neck injury, but can also be utilized as a therapy technique to remedy a sprain or whiplash through offering support for spinal cord realignment.
Cervical collar bracing can also promote improved posture to relieve symptoms of Forward Head Carriage.
Postural Bracing can help relieve some of the pressure in the neck, knees, upper back, and shoulder areas. If worn daily, it can help to re-align your spine. You can even train your body to automatically sit in a comfortable position while in an office chair using the posture brace. Postural bracing assists in preventing an injury from occurring or becoming worse.
Postural bracing functions by pulling the shoulders back to align the spine and prevent slumping. In addition to providing support, this forces certain muscles to become repositioned to encourage proper posture. They're worn around one or both shoulders and wrap around the upper torso.
Scoliosis bracing is used as a form of corrective therapy to relieve pain and allow for a more comfortable life. Adult scoliosis patients often suffer from constant chronic pain; though full correction is not guaranteed, with bracing, they are able to experience spinal offloading and breathe a sigh of relief. The bracing offers support for the spine while still allowing for necessary range of motion.
Shoulder braces work by restricting shoulder movement while providing additional support and stability. They're generally worn over the shoulder and around the torso. They are lightweight, adjustable, and available in a wide range of designs to accommodate virtually any type of shoulder injury.
Back bracing assist in healing within the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine by immobilization and stabilizing to prevent against re-injury. Bracing therapy is often used when patients fracture bones within their back or undergo surgical procedures to correct injuries.
Wrist, Elbow, Ankle, Boots
Wrist, elbow, ankle, and boot bracing is frequently used after injuries or as a means of injury prevention. They work by restricting motion, providing support, and maintaining stability in the affected area. When used in conjunction with physical therapy, the stability provided by these braces allow the joints to prevent further injury and encourage healing and recovery.
Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome wear a splint at night for a few weeks to relieve mild to moderate symptoms. The splint can hold the joint in a neutral position. The symptoms are worse at night because during sleep, your hand is more likely to be bent to the side. A splint can prevent this from happening.
Cubital Tunnel Elbow Brace
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where the ulnar nerve that travels down the arm becomes irritated by being compressed or stretched. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tingling, or numbness in the ring and little fingers, and weakness of the hand. The purpose of the brace is to prevent full extension and flexion (stretching and bending) of the elbow so as to decrease irritation of the nerve and allow it to heal, thereby reducing pain.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) Brace
Common signs and symptoms of tennis elbow include: pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow, weak grip strength. Symptoms develop gradually, pain begins as mild and slowly worsens over weeks and months. Using a brace centered over the back of your forearm may help relieve symptoms by resting the muscles and tendons.
If you suffer from tenderness, bruising, swelling, sharp pains, or stiffness in your ankle, you may have underwent a sprain or further injury to your ankle. Many people experience ankle sprains and seriously impaired ankles. Pushing through the pain can often make the injury more complex. In order to prevent future injury and ensure proper healing, utilizing a brace to heal the injury is necessary to strengthen the area. The brace will decrease range of motion allowing the ankle proper stability to heal and provide reprieve in that area.
Walking boots are commonly used after surgery or less serious injuries to the ankle, foot, toe, lower leg, calf, or shin. Boots can be used rather than ankle bracing for the purpose of immobilizing you and providing added stability over the course of the healing process. The boot also provides protection to the injured area. Upon moving closer to the end of recovery, walking boots offer support while walking for more intensive use of the injured area. They can often be more enjoyable to wear in comparison to a cast.