Knee Immobilizers for Broken Knee

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

My father-in-law recently fell and broke his kneecap. Luckily, he won’t need surgery as long as he minimizes stress and pressure on the knee… for up to 8 weeks. Since he already walks with a cane, it was pretty difficult for my mother-in-law to move him around. For several weeks, he was stuck in a wheelchair and in a cast from the ankle to groin. It was extremely uncomfortable for him.

Two weeks ago he finally had a bit of relief. The doctor took him out of the cast and moved him to a knee immobilizer. It protected his knee from injury and he was even allowed to take it off when sleeping. He was so thankful for the knee immobilizer and for being liberated from the cast.

This week my father-in-law transitioned to a knee immobilizer with adjustable flexion and extension. This controls how far he can bend his knee and will help with the healing process. I can’t tell you how thankful my family has been for these knee immobilizers. Speak with your doctor about proper usage of knee immobilizers and check out BetterBraces.com’s selection today!

We DO Make Wrist Braces for Weightlifting

We recently stumbled upon this question on Yahoo! Answers:

Do they make wrist braces for weight lifting?
I was wondering if anyone knew if they make some kind of wrist brace for weight lifting. I have a bad wrist due to a snowboarding injury a while back, No broken bones just damaged cartilage. Im trying to let it heal so i want to do as much as i can to support it. Thanks

Weightlifting wrist braces, also known as weightlifting wrist wraps, definitely do exist! In fact, we offer a couple of them here on BetterBraces.com. If you’re ever wondering if we have a brace for a certain activity that you do, call one of our brace coaches at 1-800-553-6019. They’ll help you select the right brace for your needs. Not only do our braces help athletes from the usual sports (football, basketball, etc.), but we also have sports for out-of-the-box activities, such as motocross, rodeo, and surfing!

P.S. We also have snowboarding wrist braces, too. We wish the poster of that question had seen this years ago!

Featured Product: Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace

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Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace

It’s back to school season which means students are headed back to sport. Lots of fall sports involve the ankle – football, soccer, volleyball, cross country and cheerleading. Some schools also have basketball, golf and tennis during the fall season. Like most physical activities, each of these runs the risk of an ankle injury.

Many sports therapists recommend wearing ankle braces to help prevent ankle injuries during sports. A great ankle brace for this is the Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace. It’s ideal for multiple types of sports, perfect for the athlete that continues on to other activities after the fall season. The Aircast Airsport comes with unique aircell technology that cushions and stabilizes the areas around the ankle. This provides compression that helps prevent ankle sprains and provides extra support for people who have had ankle sprains in the past. It also has a semi-rigid outer casing which protects the ankle from outside contact and from moving the wrong way.

Another great feature of the Aircast Airsport is that it’s super easy to put on.  You just step in and go! It fits comfortably in athletic shoes and doesn’t  inhibit movement. The Airsport is also made with a coated fabric, so it stands up to long hours of use.

For great ankle protection during sports, check out the Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace today!

Customer Aircast Airsport Review:  “I’ve always been prone to sprains; then I needed multiple surgeries on my ankle. I started playing volleyball again and needed a serious brace, so I bought this. I didn’t sprain my ankle a single time the entire year. My old Active Ankles would always give me blisters the few times I wore them, but this brace never did. Well worth the price.”

Treatment for Disc Herniation

Herniated disks can cause severe pain in patients suffering from this back injury. Patients have lots to consider – should they have surgery? What type of therapy or other treatments are there? Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy explains the various treatments they offer at their clinic for disc herniation. Here is an excerpt of the article:

If you haven’t already heard the analogy, a jelly donut is a really easy way to get the idea of a lumbar disc herniation. If you recall from previous blogs, our spine is made up of boney blocks separated by cartilage discs. These cartilage discs have a tough outer cartilage (like the dough of a donut) and a soft jelly substance in the middle (like the jelly in a donut). In very simple terms, a disc herniation is much like having a crack or tear in the dough of the donut and the jelly in the middle leaking out that crack.

Should I have Surgery for Lumbar Disc Herniation?

On occasion we encounter patients who are considering surgery for their lumbar disc herniation. This is a tough decision and should be made with careful consideration. Obviously, there are many different factors to consider. For some, surgery is an obvious choice because the symptoms are so severe and not improving. In fact, some surgeries can be necessary (rather immediately) if the disc injury is compressing the spinal cord. For most people though, surgery is one option among many.

Read the full article to learn more about herniated disk and the various treatment options. For some patients, wearing a herniated disk back brace may help alleviate pain. Speak with your doctor to see if wearing a back brace for herniated disk is an appropriate treatment option for your situation.

Video: The DJO Family of Walking Braces

DJO Global manufactures some of the top walking braces in the world. Our three brands each are catered to a specific need and are some of the top-recommended walking boots by physicians.

Aircast Walking Braces – Top of the line knee brace that reduces swelling and pain and improves healing time of foot injuries.

ProCare MaxTrax Walking Braces – The most adjustable walking boot in the DJO family so you can get a perfect, comfortable fit.

ProCare XcelTrax Walking Braces – Great for active people of all ages – lightweight design and ergonomically shaped.

Watch the video below for more information on the DJO Family of Walking Braces or learn more about our walking braces.