Physical Therapy and Wearing a Brace Can Help Treat and Prevent Common Knee Injuries in Runners

By Carl Gargiulo, DPT

Getting regular physical activity is essential for achieving and maintaining good health, and that’s why we encourage all of our patients to get enough exercise every week.  One of the best possible ways to stay active is by running, which requires little more than a good pair of running shoes, some outdoor routes to follow—or a treadmill—and the motivation to get moving.  For these and many of its other attractive qualities, running has become one of the most popular forms of exercise in the U.S.  But unfortunately, common running injuries tend to prevent would-be runners from getting started and may also hold back experienced runners from returning.

Recent statistics estimate that more than 40 million Americans claim to be regular runners.  The reasons for this massive number of people being drawn to running may be different for everyone, but the wide array of health benefits associated with running is likely to be a major factor.  Of the seemingly countless benefits that have been identified by research, running on a regular basis has been found to:

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Improve sleeping habits
  • Lower the risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Boost brain performance
  • Improve mood by reducing stress and anxiety
  • Help people better control weight and maintain good overall health

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Basketball Knee Brace – DonJoy Reaction

There’s no denying that basketball players, whether professionals or street players, are hard on their knees. From running, jumping and twisting the body at high speeds, the knees and ligaments can take the grunt of the force. Our trained experts recommend the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace for basketball players recovering from prior injury or seeking added protection to prevent future issues.

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Anterior knee pain is caused by runners’ or jumpers’ knee at the front of the knee. The unique and innovative webbing design absorbs any shock from running and jumping to protect from injury. The brace shifts the weight away from the knee to lessen any pain, allowing you stay on the court longer. The webbing over the knee moves and flexes when you do, adding comfort and stability.

Traditional knee braces are stiff and uncomfortable, but players love the brace’s adjustable, breathable and comfortable open framework. An undersleeve is also included with the brace adding for even more comfort during use. Even if you’re not treating an existing injury, wearing the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace is a great idea to prevent any damage to the area.

Knee Protection During Weightlifting – DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace

As weightlifting’s popularity has grown in the recent years, so has an athlete’s risk of injury while partaking in the sport. Serious weightlifters take the competition very seriously so it makes perfect sense that you’d want to protect your body at the same time. If you’re prone to knee injury or are rehabilitating an existing knee issue, our trained experts recommend the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace.

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Anterior knee pain is at the front of the knee and can become quite the nuisance to weightlifters while practicing and performing. The unique and innovative webbing design absorbs any shock to the knee while lifting to protect from injury. The brace shifts the weight away from the knee to lessen any pain, allowing you to enhance your endurance and lift even heavier, without the risk of injury. The webbing (available in a wide range of different colors) over the knee moves and flexes how you do, adding comfort and stability.

Traditional knee braces can be uncomfortable, but you’ll love the brace’s adjustable, breathable and comfortable open framework. An undersleeve is also included with the brace, adding for even more comfort during use. Even if you’re not treating an existing injury, wearing the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace is a great idea to prevent any damage to the area.

Introducing Defender Skin

 

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BetterBraces.com is happy to introduce one of our newest product arrivals, Defender Skin. Defender Skin is a customizable padded adhesive second skin designed to defend the body against cuts, scrapes, turf burns, pain and bruising that are common injuries often associated with the impact and abrasion of rigorous sport.

When it comes to protecting your body during sport, you should never sacrifice comfort or performance. Defender Skin is the lightest, most flexible, and most versatile form of protection available to athletes today, no matter what game they play. It’s a uniquely engineered, protective padded athletic tape designed to defend the body against cuts, scrapes, burns, pain and bruising often associated with the impact and abrasion of rigorous sports

Customize your Protection with Defender Skin at BetterBraces.com

Buy Now:  Defender Skin – Black, 2 in x 3 ft available for $14.99
Buy Now: Defender Skin – Black, 4 in x 3 ft available for $19.99

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Features & Benefits

  • Impact Protection: Absorbs and cushions impact and distributes energy horizontally throughout the pads, thereby reducing effects on the body.
  • Abrasion Defense: Provides a layer of protective tape between the skin and the elements whether it’s turf, dirt, rock, or an opponents’ equipment or body.
  • Comfort: Stays put, breathes like skin, allows full range of motion for joints, and is virtually weightless.
  • Customization: The only protective padded solution available for any location on the body, it can be cut to the desired size to protect any vulnerable area.
  • Easy Application : Quickly peels away from the backing and applies directly to the skin for long wearing protection and customized comfort.
  • Versatility: Protects all types of athletes, covering participants in everything from team sports outdoor, fitness and action sports.

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Tennis Elbow Support – Aircast Pneumatic Armband

The repetitive movements in the game of tennis are hard on all players, no matter their skill level. While other athletes can run, jump, switchback and have other movements on a huge field, tennis players focus on just a few movements, which can thus lead to tennis elbow, or an inflamed or irritated outer side of the elbow. Our trained experts recommend the Aircast Pneumatic Armband for tennis players looking to protect themselves from tennis elbow or provide some relief while playing.

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The Aircast Pneumatic Armband is great for those looking to proactively support their elbows in ways that stretching and warming up simply cannot. The armband helps to prevent irritation and overextension with its unique and comfortable design so you can get back to playing as normal. The armband’s unique, built-in air pocket provides gentle compression along the extensor muscle to relieve stress without preventing blood flow, so you can swing for balls like normal.

The armband is compact and it won’t get in the way or become a distraction like other braces and armbands currently on the market. The armband conforms to the natural shape of the elbow and has a soft, foam lining so it’s comfortable while you’re playing. Range of motion is a priority for tennis players at all levels and the Aircast Pneumatic Armband will allow you to play normally while also protecting your muscles and tendons.