Benefits of Elbow Pads

Wearing elbow pads can help protect your elbow from injury and soreness. They’re especially helpful for people who participate in sports that involve diving or sliding. Some job activities also involve leaning on the elbow for long periods of time, so having the cushioning protection from an elbow pad is essential to help prevent injury.

One of the best elbow pads is the DonJoy Spider Elbow Pad. The honeycomb design helps provide cushion for the elbow. This means that it protects your elbows against impact and are very comfortable. The DonJoy Spider Elbow Pad is also very durable and doesn’t get in your way during sports and other activities. Check out the DonJoy Spider Elbow Pad today!

DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace Helps Prevent Ankle Injuries

The DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace is one of the leading ankle braces in helping prevent ankle sprains and rollover injuries. It has a lace up design that provides a custom fit all around your ankle. Certified athletic trainer and product specialist Leana Rice considers the DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace the best soccer ankle brace. It’s a great all-around ankle brace for sports that require lots of turning, jumping and running because it helps stabilize and support your ankle.

Watch this video to learn more about the DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace.

Tips to Avoid Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries are very common especially in sports that require lots of jumping, running and turning. These types of activities increase the risk of rollover incidents, which can result in stretched or torn ligaments in the ankle (also known as ankle sprains). Here are some quick tips on how to help prevent ankle injuries.

  • Stretch your ankles, especially before or after sports and physical activities. Keeping your ligaments flexible and limber can help prevent them from being torn.
  • Be sure to warm up before exercising. You’re much less likely to hurt yourself during sports if your muscles are warmed up.
  • Strengthen the muscles around your ankle. Ankle exercises such as heel raises improve your ankle muscles, which keeps your ankle ligaments aligned correctly and reduces your chance of injury.
  • Wear ankle braces during sports and activities. They provide compression and support to give your ankles an added boost of strength and stability. They’re also ideal for people who have had previous ankle injuries. (Athletes who have injured their ankle previously have a high chance of re-injuring themselves in the future.)
  • Replace old shoes and other equipment if they are showing signs of wear and tear. Make sure your shoes give your foot arches proper support.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Your ankles and feet support your entire body, so losing weight may help reduce the strain on your ankles and improve your overall health.

These simple tips can help save your ankle from future injuries! If you experience ankle pain or think you might have injured your ankle, check with your doctor for the best treatment for your injury.

Treatment for SI Joint Pain (Sacroiliac Joint Pain)

A few days ago we wrote about SI joint pain which can be a source of pain in the lower back. Here are some products that we offer to help relieve SI joint pain:

DonJoy SI Belt – This back brace is designed especially to help relieve SI joint pain. It’s very comfortable and low profile so you can wear it under your clothing. The DonJoy SI Belt provides stability to the sacroiliac joint and the amount of support your receive can be easily adjusted.

DonJoy Back Brace – This is another back brace that’s great for SI joint pain and other types of lower back pain. You can adjust the amount of compression the brace provides by simply pulling a side handle. It’s also very lightweight and is one of our leading back braces for low back pain.

Aircast Back Cryo/Cuff with Cooler – A common treatment for SI joint pain and other joint aches is with cold therapy. Cryotherapy helps to numb away pain and reduces inflammation in the muscles and joints. The Aircast Back Cryo/Cuff with Cooler helps make it easier by providing long-term cold therapy and complete coverage of the back.

There are many causes of lower back pain and also many SI joint pain treatments. If you experience lower back pain, check with your doctor to find the source of the pain and to seek appropriate treatment for your condition.

What is Sacroiliac Joint Pain (SI Joint Pain)?

Have you ever experienced pain in your lower back? If so, chances are it may be due to your sacroiliac joint, also known as the SI joint. The SI joint is in the lower back and it connects the bottom of your spine with your pelvis. It carries a lot of the pressure in your body because it supports your entire torso. This makes it susceptible to injury and pain because it’s acting as a “shock absorber” for your body.

SI joint pain can be caused by many factors, such as age, traumatic injury, pregnancy, or other conditions that can cause the SI joint to become inflamed. This causes pain that can be a dull ache or very sharp and can spread from your lower back to your thighs. SI joint pain may even affect your everyday movement. If you experience pain in the lower back, check with your doctor to see if it may be something that is affecting your sacroiliac joint.