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DonJoy Spider Elbow Pads
DonJoy Spider Elbow Pads

Do you participate in activities that require long hours on your elbows or where there’s a risk of falling?  If so, then you definitely want to protect your elbow joint with elbow pads.

For the best in cushioning elbow protection, check out DonJoy Spider Elbow Pads.  They have a honeycomb design that adds padding for your elbows, without adding bulk or weight.  They’ve also got impact-resistant foam for durable, long-lasting protection.  This gives you extra cushioning. The DonJoy Spider Elbow Pads are anatomically designed for the elbows, so they conform to the shape of your arms and won’t move out of place.  They’re ideal for sports such as volleyball, skateboarding and basketball.  They’re even great for job-related activities!

For elbow protection, check out the DonJoy Spider Elbow Pads today!

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: 10 Months Post-Op

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.

Wow, it’s hard to believe that we’re creeping up on the one year mark of my ACL reconstruction surgery.  For the last few months I’ve been trying to battle the last part recovery – rebuilding and developing my quad muscles back to where they were before surgery.

When I look at my legs side by side, it’s almost disappointing to see how strong my right leg looks compared to my left. I still have trouble going down stairs… my left leg starts to tremble a bit as it bears the full weight of my body.  The worst of it is that sometimes my left knee “clicks”, because the kneecap isn’t moving the right way because of the muscle atrophy.

Luckily, places like BetterBraces.com offer products such as patella tracking braces that help my knee joint move properly as I continue my rehabilitation. They help lift my patella back into proper position as I move my knee and perform the key exercises I need to re-strengthen my knee.  I’m excited to really push my conditioning these next couple of months so I can get back to playing basketball with my women’s league! The confidence that the knee brace gives me definitely helps me move forward with my exercise.

If you’ve injured your ACL or are recovering from ACL surgery, check out patella stabilizers and ACL knee braces today.

Back Injury Leg Pain

Did you know that leg pain can actually be caused by an injury to the back?  This is often due to pinched nerves in the back, also known as sciatica.  Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy explains how sciatic injuries may cause leg and back pain. Here is an excerpt of the article:

Leg pain associated with back pain is quite common. In fact, it is estimated that 25-57% of all cases of lower back pain have associated leg pain. The pain can take various forms and be described in various ways. Common descriptors include numbness, tingling, pins and needles, weakness, tooth-ache pain, a dull ache or even pain that is sharp, like a lightning bolt. There are various conditions associated with these symptoms (as discussed in previous blogs) such as disc herniation, lateral stenosis, degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, spondylolisthesis and piriformis syndrome (to name a few). But why do we get the leg pain?

Read the full article to learn more about sciatic pain. If you suffer from sciatica, you may also consider back braces for sciatica which in some patients may help alleviate back and leg pain from sciatica. Speak with your doctor to see if this is an appropriate form of treatment for your injury and then check out our back braces today!

4 Myths About Knee Braces

Wearing knee braces may help prevent injuries to the knee joint and provide extra support when it’s needed. However, many people choose not to wear them because of pre-conceived notions about knee braces. Here we dispel some of the greatest myths about knee braces.

Myth #1: Wearing knee braces won’t actually protect your knees

This is probably the biggest myth surrounding knee braces. While knee braces cannot guarantee that you won’t be injured, there have been studies which show that certain knee braces DO decrease your chances of injury. For example, DonJoy knee braces using the FourcePoint hinge have been proven to decrease the chances of non-contact ACL injuries by over 50%. They also add support and may help alleviate knee pain.1

Myth #2: Knee braces are uncomfortable.

The first thing when purchasing a knee brace is to make sure you have the correct size. This ensures adequate protection and comfort – otherwise the knee brace may be too tight (causing discomfort) or too loose (which may lead to chafing or rashes). Knee braces also come in a variety of material, so you can wear what feels the most comfortable to you. Some knee braces also have the option of open or closed popliteal (back of the knee), to offer more air flow or more warmth, depending on your needs. You can be sure to find a knee brace that’s comfortable for you since there’s so much variety!

Myth #3: Knee braces get in the way during sports.

Modern knee braces are much more streamlined than their predecessors so that they’re lightweight and don’t inhibit movement. Most athletes forget that they’re even wearing one… the knee brace just becomes part of your sports equipment. You can also purchase knee brace accessories such as a knee brace cover which helps prevent the inside hinge from rubbing against your other leg.

Myth #4: Knee braces are expensive.

Knee braces are both affordable and expensive. It all depends on what you’re looking for. There are many knee braces and supports for under $30 that provide added protection for the knee. If you want custom knee brace protection, then that can become quite pricey. It all depends on the type of protection you need for your knee and the amount you want to invest in your health. A knee brace could be the difference between avoiding injury or a ligament tear. In general most knee braces are very affordable and knowing that you’re doing everything to prevent injuries is priceless.

We hope this helps dispels some of the myths around knee braces. Check out our wide selection of knee braces today… for sports, everyday support, ligament tears, or even knee braces designed for specific conditions!

Warren et al., Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, March 2011, Volume 25(3), pp. 683-688.

Volleyball Thumb Injuries

Injuries to the hand occur very often in volleyball, especially when blocking a spiked ball. The thumb is especially susceptible to injury because it takes the brunt of the force from the ball, leading to sprains and strains… and in some cases even fractures. The most common of these thumb injuries is a thumb sprain.

Thumb sprains occur when the ligaments in the joint are stretched beyond their natural range of motion or during impact to the hand. This can lead to pain when moving the thumb, as well as swelling and a “loose” feeling in the joint. The best thing to do to help the thumb rehabilitate is to allow it to rest. This may mean up to 4 to 6 weeks away from the volleyball court. Your doctor may recommend a thumb support. These thumb supports help immobilize the thumb to give the ligaments time to heal.

Your doctor may also recommend cold therapy and compression on the thumb area. In some cases, rehabilitation with thumb strengthening exercises could also be used. It’s important to treat the injury so that your thumb restores stability and has less chance of being injured again during a future volleyball match

If you’ve injured your thumb during volleyball or any other activity, and are looking for extra support, check out our thumb braces today!