Why You Should Wear Knee Braces and Back Braces While Gardening

Did you know that even the simplest tasks can cause wear and tear on your joints? Even ordinary chores such as gardening can cause prolonged joint pain, especially in the knees and back.

Now that it’s Fall (with Winter just around the corner!), make sure you pay attention to how you’re treating your body when gardening. Issues in the joints can occur when raking leaves, stooping down to pick up weeds, digging, laying sod, or even when bending over to water a hard to reach plant.

In order to help reduce your chances of injury while working in the yard, we recommend braces for the back and knee while gardening. These gardening braces help support your joints during bending and twisting motions. This helps minimize joints from moving out of place and lowers your chances of injury. Gardening braces can be especially helpful if you’ve had a previous injury, since an injury may leave your back or knee more susceptible to re-injury.

Here are some braces that can be worn while gardening:

Braces for the Back While Gardening

DonJoy Back Brace – Provides compression all around the back for lower back support, and is adjustable for your needs. It’s also easy to use and the breathable material makes it ideal to wear while gardening.

DonJoy ComfortFORM Back Support – A great general purpose back brace and ideal for extra joint protection while gardening. It’s designed to help promote proper back alignment.

Braces for the Knee While Gardening

DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace – One of our bestselling knee braces. Webbed design helps disperse energy and pressure around the knee, for more balanced, controlled activity. It may be especially helpful for gardeners with previous knee injuries.

DonJoy Performer Knee Support – Great for mild support of the knee. Provides all around compression to minimize knee strain and reduces pressure on the knee cap.

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

Pregnancy back pain is a major concern for expectant mothers, and it’s no surprise with the extra load they’re carrying. However, did you know that pregnancy back pain may occur even during the first trimester, before the body undergoes significant changes on the outside? That’s because lots of changes are happening on the inside.

The stretching of the ligaments in the hip and abdominal area, coupled with the expanding uterus, may actually cause sciatica, a type of back and leg pain that is caused when pressure is applied to the nerves in the lower back. The pain may feel like a mild tingling, a dull ache, a sharp sudden pain, or even a burning sensation. And of course, the expectant mother may also feel back pain in the third trimester. So how do you help alleviate pregnancy back pain?

Well, first of all, always consult your doctor. The cause of back pain must first be diagnosed in order to be sure of which treatment method to use. In many cases, no treatment is recommended and symptoms clear up on their own. Your physician may suggest applying heat or ice to the area or he may suggest mild doses of over-the-counter pain relievers. You can also wear a pregnancy back support, such as the DonJoy Maternity Belt. It’s designed for all stages of pregnancy and supports both the lower back and abdominal area. The DonJoy Maternity Belt helps to eliminate discomfort during pregnancy.

If these treatments do not work, your doctor may suggest physical therapy or recommend a back specialist. Carrying your baby for nine months is not easy, but the reward is well worth it in the end!

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.

High Heel Leg & Back Pain

Did you know that wearing high heels for extended periods of time can lead to leg and back pain?

Wearing high heels shifts pressure from the heel of the foot to the ball of the foot, causing the individual to compensate by bending the lower back.  This can cause sciatica, also known as pinched nerves, a back condition that may cause pain all the way down to the feet.

In addition to back problems, wearing high heels can damage the Achilles tendon.  Long hours in heels causes the tendon to remain in a “shortened” state, so that stretching it out again becomes painful. Some ladies find that wearing regular, flat shoes is painful after lengthy time in high heels.  That’s because the Achilles tendon is no longer used to being in the stretched out position that it’s in when the foot lays flat on the ground.

High heels can also cause bunions and add stress to the ankles and knees, leading to pain.

The best way to treat leg and back pain from high heels is to reduce the amount of time you wear heels. You can also wear shorter height heels to reduce the amount of strain on your body. If you are already experiencing leg and back pain, check with your doctor to see which ankle braces, back braces and knee braces can help alleviate high heel pain.

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!