You don’t need to be athletic to benefit from an athletic brace since these devices are designed specifically to ease movement and comfort. For people with chronic pain, “athletic” orthopedic devices may be best in the long run-- they are built to last and much easier to maintain than a temporary brace.
Compression Knee Braces
For those who run often, compression knee braces are an excellent addition to a workout wardrobe since these braces are designed to stabilize the joint. Compression braces help prevent joints from moving out of place and are mainly used when someone recovers from a knee injury. However, knee braces are great for people who struggle with chronic pain or knee problems like arthritis, chronic tendonitis, or pain from a previous injury.
Custom orthotics help prevent users from foot pain and injury when walking, running, or standing. For athletes, orthotics can help improve performance by improving foot and ankle alignment. Improved alignment can help reduce stress while running and make movements easier and help wearers maintain balance, and avoid further injuries like rolled ankles or rolled sprains that may come with misaligned feet and ankles.
Wrist and Elbow Braces
Like knee braces, compression elbow braces work similarly and prevent the elbow joint from moving out of place in a harmful way while the user moves. Wrist braces do this, but wrist braces can only keep the tendons compressed and in place during exercise since the wrist has a much more comprehensive range of movement. However, some braces prevent the hand from moving in specific ways-- these braces are designed for temporary use while a tendon heals.
Wrist and thumb braces are best for people who struggle with arthritis in their hands or with other complications like carpal tunnel.
Lumbar Support Braces
Lumbar braces support the back and help keep the spine straight to prevent painful contortion while moving. These supports are ideal for people who struggle with arthritis, osteoporosis, and scoliosis, especially in the lower back. In addition, lumbar support braces may help individuals recover from spinal surgery since they can keep the spine and surrounding muscles in place to heal correctly. The braces themselves are typically designed to fit under clothing, and can be used periodically throughout the day.
Orthopedic braces and shoe inserts are not an immediate cure for orthopedic pain and injuries. It is always best to use a combination of braces and physical therapy to recover from an injury. If you are considering purchasing a brace to help manage your pain, speak with your doctor for more information. To browse affordable braces, inserts, and more, visit Medical Supply Depot.