As we live our lives, we get hurt. A broken bone pulled muscle or slipped disc is bound to happen to anyone at some point. Whether it's for a broken bone or to help maintain a healthy posture, orthopedic braces come in all shapes and sizes to help. Here are some common kinds of braces and supports:

Arm Slings

Arm slings are a common sight, especially with kids and broken arms. Slings are usually best for keeping the arm, shoulder, or elbow in a comfortable resting position while recovering from an injury, allowing it to heal without complications. Slings are often made of machine-washable fabric, and users might need an extra hand when putting on or adjusting the sling, depending on the severity of their injury.

Splints

Just like slings, splints are made to keep a body part in a proper resting position while recovering from injury. Splints, or "boots" are most commonly used for broken legs or feet.

Knee Braces

Unlike slings and splints, knee braces aren't seen often alongside broken bones. Instead, knee braces are most often used when standing and moving. The brace itself is designed to compress the area around the kneecap to prevent painful movement when exercising. Knee braces can be used in late-stage recovery with broken bones, recovering from a pulled muscle, or as an accessory in everyday activity to prevent injury.

Wrist Braces

Just like knee braces, wrist braces can be used to keep the wrist aligned during activity to prevent injury, or in many cases, further injury. A wrist brace may be used when someone sprains their hand or wrist, but wrist braces are also extremely helpful for people with joint mobility problems. People with carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis may use their wrist brace whenever their condition flares up.

Clavicle Support

Clavicle supports are once again often associated with broken bones, as those large collars that keep someone's neck upright. However, other kinds of clavicle braces can be used to improve posture, especially when someone is in immense pain from extended periods of sitting. Both kinds of braces support the collarbone by shifting weight off of it, but the stereotypical clavicle supports also keep the neck in place, limiting movement in event of an injury.

Back Support

Back supports are especially important for people struggling with lower back pain and are less often seen outside of television commercials. However, lower back braces are often used in late-stage recovery from injury, as a brace for a sprained back, or to aid with posture with people who frequently sit or bend over.

 

If you or a loved one is experiencing orthopedic pain, consider speaking with your primary care physician as soon as possible. To browse more orthopedic braces, visit Medical Supply Depot.

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