Braces and supports help in a variety of situations, such as recovering from an injury or just leading an active lifestyle and needing to protect your joints. Here are just a few examples of when braces and straps can help:
Joint conditions like Arthritis
Conditions related to Athletic Injuries
Jobs involving heavy lifting or repetitive motions
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee) and conditions related to Runner’s Knee
How do Braces and
Similar to a cast, braces and straps can help you heal and prevent injuries by limiting movement. Where they differ from a cast is that they allow some freedom of movement so you can perform your regular tasks. Braces can also offer added stability and strength so you can get back to regular activities sooner.
Types of Braces and Straps:
provide exceptional support. They are typically used for joints like the knee or elbow. Their hinged design provides rigidity to support the joint while also allowing you to move. They can be used to help with severe injuries and conditions where unsupported movement could cause further damage. For example, hinged knee braces can help with ligament injuries, meniscus injuries, sprains, and osteoarthritis.
can provide back support by keeping pressure off your spine and helping to prevent strains. They are often used for jobs involving repeated lifting or sports that involve twisting the back frequently or to help with injuries like torn back ligaments. The brace provides the necessary lumbar spine support by helping to keep your back in the right position and by providing some compression.
also referred to as bands, can be used to take stress off a particular area by applying gentle pressure. For example, knee straps can apply pressure to the front of the knee to take stress off a problematic tendon. This helps prevent a condition known as “jumper’s knee” because it often affects athletes in sports that involve lots of running and jumping.
Choosing the Right Brace
With the wide variety of braces available, it can be hard to find the right one for you, as there are knee sleeves, knee straps, knee braces and back braces for lower back pain to choose from, but our experienced medical professionals can help.
Cost and Coverage
Our team includes physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, and more. They have a thorough understanding of biomechanics and how to keep you moving properly. By analyzing your issues and goals, they will help you find the best solution. To learn more about our functional braces and straps, give us a call or schedule a consultation today.
1. Should I Wear a Knee Brace for It Band Syndrome?
Wearing a knee brace can help to relieve the symptoms of IT Band Syndrome (ITBS). However, it has to be the right kind of brace for you, so you should not simply buy one online and wear it. You need one that fits and provides the right level of support for the stage of the condition you have reached. Buying any old knee brace and wearing it can end up aggravating your condition.
2. How Do You Treat ITBS Aggressively?
Treating ITBS aggressively requires a multi-disciplined approach. The safest approach is to consult a physiotherapist as soon as possible. They will guide you through an aggressive treatment regime that will include massage and strengthening any weak muscles that may be the underlying cause of your vulnerability to ITBS. Initially, your physiotherapist may ask you to stop running for a while and will likely fit you with a customized knee brace as well as give you exercises to do at home.
3. How Tight Should a Patella Strap Be?
A patella strap should not be so tight that it cuts off circulation. However, the fit needs to be snug. If it is not fitted correctly you can exacerbate your injury. Your physiotherapist will show you how to wear a patella strap correctly. They will also teach you how to check using a squat that the strap is placed high enough up the leg and is not too loose or too tight.