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How to Properly Fit a Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For many athletes, a knee injury is a constant threat. Whether it is a torn ligament or an injury that required knee surgery, athletes with injured knees may find themselves requiring a knee brace for six weeks or more. Not only is the immobilization that takes them out of the game enough to drive an athlete nuts, but if their knee brace doesn't properly fit, it can make a knee injury absolutely maddening.

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Sports Medicine Braces and Supports: the Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 22, 2016 at 10:49 AM

The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints in the human body.  An injured knee can affect every activity from walking to high level sports.  One common type of device used to protect the knee after injury is a knee brace.  The purpose of a knee brace is to provide support and decrease discomfort while allowing for normal motion of the knee. And hopfully help prevent the need for knee surgery.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

How To Ensure The Best Fit For Your Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Іf уоu hаvе knее раіn duе tо іnјurу оr surgеrу, уоu mау bеnеfіt frоm рhуsісаl thеrару tо hеlр dесrеаsе уоur раіn аnd іmрrоvе уоur rаngе оf mоtіоn аnd strеngth. Ѕоmеtіmеs, уоur рhуsісаl thеrаріst оr dосtоr mау rесоmmеnd уоu wеаr а knее support tо hеlр stаbіlіzе уоur knее whіlе іt hеаls frоm уоur іnјurу.

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What are knee braces for?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 23, 2015 at 4:47 PM

What are knee braces for? According to the American Family Physician, knee braces are used to support an injured or a painful knee. Some athletes use a type of knee brace to prevent injury to the knee. Knee braces come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made of different materials, including metal, foam, plastic, and elastic straps.

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The Best Knee Brace Provides The Best Results

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 9, 2015 at 8:26 AM

When a person has experienced an accident or surgery and more, they may need to use a knee brace. It is important they use the best knee brace for their situation. There are a number of knee brace options available. Each provides a different level of support and can be put on the knee in a different way. In some cases, the type of material is also a consideration.
 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

Can A Knee Support Help You?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM

One of the most asked questions people with knee pain probably ask is, "Will I need a knee support?" If your knee was hurt in an accident or you have some type of knee condition, you should make serious considerations of getting some kind of support for your knee. Every knee support is made differently, and you will need to learn about the different support and braces available. 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

Gout Can Exacerbate An Injury-Related Swollen Knee

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM

swollen knee can be the result of a sports-related injury, arthritic changes, cartilage deterioration, or even gout. Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause the deposit of irritating uric acid crystals to form on the joints of your knees, ankles, fingers, and on the joints of your big toes. While gout typically affects the feet, it can affect your knees as well. The combination of gout and an existing knee injury can cause extreme pain, inflammation, redness, and decreased range-of-motion.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

4 Things to Consider in Choosing a Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM

So, you need a knee brace?  You walk into your favorite sporting goods store or begin to browse online.  You desperately want to find the appropriate knee brace for you, the one that will fit like a glove and provide just the support you need, but after a only few moments of searching you find yourself to be lost in a sea of knees.  Let's demystify your search and help you to find your knee brace by answering these four questions:

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Do knee braces prevent knee injuries?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 8, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Knee braces are a common sight. An estimated one-third of the population age 45 and older suffers from knee pain. The knee is a very complicated joint and is subject to strains, sprains, ligament tears, cartilage damage and of course arthritis. Once the knee has been injured or is just showing signs of wear and tear a brace is often the best thing for the knee. 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

Choosing and Using a Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 24, 2015 at 1:38 PM

If you are nursing an injury, getting the right knee brace is certainly a must to ensure that it won’t get worse. However, with all of the different types of braces available, this can often be confusing. So here are some tips when buying and using a brace.

What types of braces are available to you?

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Four Effective Tips to Treat Knee Pain at Home

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 14, 2015 at 11:01 AM

#1: Foods & Supplements – Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, onions and garlic contain allium, a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory will help relieve knee pain. Ginger powder is another option that relieves and prevents inflammation and reduces the acidity of the fluid in the joints. Ginger powder tastes great in Asian dishes and herbal teas. For natural over-the-counter supplements, try Guggulu, which is an ancient Indian/Ayurvedic detoxifying herb that helps joints and muscles and is endorsed by the Chopra Center. Another option is Glucosamine, which is found naturally in the joints but declines with age. WebMD states: “there's some evidence that glucosamine sulfate supplements help counteract this effect.”

#2: Massage – Home massage can also soothe knee pain and increase blood flow to the sore or injured areas. Basic massage oils like coconut, castor, or sesame oil will work fine, but if you want serious relief, Mahanarayan Oil is an ancient Indian/Ayurvedic remedy that has been used for thousands of years to heal joints and muscles. It is composed of numerous herbal extracts and oils. Use circular motions with the oil to massage the knees, then back-and-forth motions to massage the surrounding calf and thigh muscles.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

What is a Hinged Knee Brace and How Can it Help Me?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 9, 2015 at 9:11 AM

From the outside, the human knee looks rather simple. But on the inside, it's a multifaceted compilation of bones, ligaments and tendons. In fact, it's so complicated that just recently, knee surgeons across the globe learned that there’s one more area in the knee that needs to be supported, the anterolateral ligament. So there’s another reason to love high quality, hinged-knee braces. 

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HOW TO GET BACK ON THE TRAIL WHEN SUFFERING FROM RUNNER'S KNEE

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 1, 2015 at 3:40 PM

If you are a runner and have ever suffered an injury to your knees, ankles, shins, or other areas that have stopped you from running, you understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to hit the trail.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Runner's Knee, knee injury

What Exactly is Runner's Knee and What Can I Do About it?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 29, 2015 at 9:23 AM

You are a runner and you have a painful knee. You will most likely be diagnosed with runner's knee, but there is a bit more involved than just this lump term. Calling it runner's knee is something like saying you have sciatica. Neither is a diagnosis per se, but more like overall symptoms of an underlying problem.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Runner's Knee

Bone Bruises

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

A bone bruise is a traumatic injury from a forceful impact during sports. It’s characterized by severe pain that can last for weeks or months.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Bone Bruises

Treatment and Knee Braces For Medial Collateral Ligament Tears

Posted by Jeremy Gesicki

October 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Тrеаtmеnt оf аn МСL tеаr dереnds оn thе sеvеrіtу оf thе іnјurу. Тrеаtmеnt аlwауs bеgіns wіth аllоwіng thе раіn tо subsіdе, bеgіnnіng wоrk оn mоbіlіtу, fоllоwеd bу strеngthеnіng thе knее tо rеturn tо sроrts аnd асtіvіtіеs. Вrасіng саn оftеn bе usеful fоr trеаtmеnt оf МСL іnјurіеs. Fоrtunаtеlу, mоst оftеn surgеrу іs nоt nесеssаrу fоr thе trеаtmеnt оf аn МСL tеаr. Іn sоmе sресіfіс сіrсumstаnсеs, surgеrу mау bе rесоmmеndеd. Моst оftеn, surgеrу іs usеd fоr trеаtmеnt оf thе mоst sеvеrе МСL іnјurіеs.

Grаdе І МСL Теаrs: Grаdе І tеаrs оf thе МСL usuаllу rеsоlvе соmрlеtеlу wіthіn а fеw wееks. Тrеаtmеnt соnsіsts оf:

  • Rеstіng frоm асtіvіtу
  • Ісіng thе іnјurу
  • Аntі-іnflаmmаtоrу mеdісаtіоns
  • Κnее ехеrсіsеs

Моst раtіеnts wіth а grаdе І МСL tеаr wіll bе аblе tо rеturn tо sроrts wіthіn оnе оr twо wееks fоllоwіng thеіr іnјurу.

Grаdе ІІ МСL Теаrs: Whеn а grаdе ІІ МСL іnјurу оссurs, usе оf а hіngеd knее brасе іs соmmоn іn еаrlу trеаtmеnt. Тhе hіngеd knее brасе wіll аllоw уоu tо bеnd thе knее, but рrоvіdе suрроrt tо thе іnјurеd lіgаmеnt. Оthеrwіsе, thе trеаtmеnt рrіnсірlеs аrе thе sаmе аs thоsе fоr раtіеnts wіth а grаdе І МСL tеаr.

Аthlеtеs wіth а grаdе ІІ іnјurу саn rеturn tо асtіvіtу оnсе thеу аrе nоt hаvіng раіn dіrесtlу оvеr thе МСL оr sуmрtоms оf іnstаbіlіtу. Раtіеnts wіth а grаdе ІІ іnјurу оftеn rеturn tо sроrts wіthіn thrее оr fоur wееks аftеr thеіr іnјurу.

Grаdе ІІІ МСL Теаrs: Whеn а grаdе ІІІ МСL tеаr оссurs, раtіеnts shоuld brасе thеіr knее аnd usе сrutсhеs untіl раіn hаs subsіdеd. Тhе knее саn bе іmmоbіlіzеd fоr а fеw dауs іnіtіаllу, but еаrlу rаngе-оf-mоtіоn wіll hеlр іn thе hеаlіng рrосеss.

Оnсе thе раtіеnt саn bеgіn bеndіng thеіr knее, еаrlу rаngе-оf-mоtіоn ехеrсіsеs shоuld соmmеnсе, іnсludіng stаtіоnаrу bісусlіng. Νоrmаl wаlkіng аnd рrоgrеssіоn tо јоggіng саn bеgіn аs раіn аllоws. Usе оf а knее brасе іs usuаllу vеrу hеlрful tо suрроrt thе knее, еsресіаllу іn thе еаrlіеr stаgеs оf rеhаb. Моst аthlеtеs rеturn tо sроrts аbоut thrее mоnths аftеr а grаdе ІІІ МСL tеаr. Contact us to learn more about knee braces. Follow us on Twitter @MuellerSportMed

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Knee Braces for Comfort and Healing

Posted by Jeremy Gesicki

September 20, 2014 at 6:30 AM

The knee is the largest joint in the body. Because of its position and the range of forces on it, the knee and the tendons that support the knee are subject to a range of painful injuries. These injuries are especially likely in physically demanding and competitive high contact sports. The wrong twists and turns of the leg can cause strains with lasting pain and motion limitation. If the tendons around the knee are injured, the knee brace can replace some of their supportive functions, reduce pain, and allow the tissue to heal more quickly.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Runner's Knee

What is the Best Knee Brace For Me

Posted by Jeremy Gesicki

August 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

As the weather warms up, more and more people are taking to outdoor sports. Unfortunately, when playing sports injuries can and do happen. If you have experienced a torn MCL, PCL, or ACL in the past, you are more susceptible to injure your knee again. A common injury for many teens and adults is an injured knee. Preventative care is the best way to ensure that injuries do not occur. The best way to do this is to wear a knee brace when playing sports. 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

Knee pain Brought on by Runner's Knee: Causes, Prevention & Treatment

Posted by Jeremy Gesicki

August 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

One of the major causes of knee pain in the front of the knee cap in athletes is a set of conditions called “runner’s knee.” Also called “Patellofemoral pain” can be caused by overuse or by a sudden injury, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. It can result from strained tendons, common in athletes, and a number of other factors.

 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Runner's Knee

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