Bracing at Healthy Body

Orthopedic braces are useful tools that can help you recover from many conditions. Here at Healthy Body, our Chiropractors and Physiotherapists sometimes use bracing to help protect your knees, wrists & hands, ankles, and lower back. Each type of brace is unique, with different applications. Continue reading for a brief overview of the different kinds of bracing therapy we offer.

Knee Braces

image of woman being fitted for knee brace

What are knee braces?

Knee braces are pretty much what they sound like. They are orthopedic protective devices, custom-fitted to your body. They’re designed to alter the forces passing through your knee as you move in order to help protect against arthritis pain or stabilize an injured knee.

Who can benefit from knee bracing?

There are three main types of knee braces, and they help patients with different conditions:

  • Offloader braces, which help keep arthritic knees walking without pain
  • Protective braces, which help prevent injury. These are used mostly in athletes who participate in high-impact sports.
  • Rehabilitation braces, which help people recover from injuries like ACL tears.

What can I expect?

There are a few steps to getting knee braces:

  • One of our Chiropractors or Physiotherapists will assess your clinical history and perform a physical evaluation. At the end, we will tell you if your knee may benefit from the use of a brace.
  • If you decide that you wish to proceed with this therapy, we will then fit you for a brace. Many measurements will need to be made as your brace is custom-made for your particular leg.
  • Once the corrective brace comes in, it’s time to start using it. There may be a “break-in” period as your body gets used to the altered walking mechanics.
  • You may quite possibly stand to benefit from therapeutic strengthening exercises – our therapists will go over this with you.

Wrist Braces

What are wrist braces?

Wrist braces are orthopedic protective devices for your wrist, thumb, or hand while you recover from an injury.

Who can benefit from wrist braces?

There are a few conditions that may benefit from wrist bracing. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and sprain/strain injuries are a few of the more common conditions which often benefit from bracing.

What can I expect?

  • One of our Chiropractors or Physiotherapists will assess your clinical history and perform a physical evaluation. At the end, we will tell you if your wrist may benefit from the use of a brace.
  • Unlike with knee braces, we won’t need to take measurements – wrist braces are typically one size fits all.
    We will then provide usage instructions – you may need to wear their brace only during certain activities, depending on your condition.
  • You may quite possibly stand to benefit from therapeutic exercises & stretches – we will go over this with you.

Ankle Braces

What are ankle braces?

Ankle braces are used to stabilize and protect your foot & ankle while you recover from a sprain/strain injury.

Who can benefit from ankle braces?

There are a few conditions that may benefit from ankle bracing, the most common one being ankle inversion sprains, aka “rolling your ankle”. The brace is used to stabilize your weakened ankle & prevent re-injury while you recover.

What can I expect?

  • One of our Chiropractors or Physiotherapists will assess your clinical history and perform a physical evaluation. At the end, we will tell you if your ankle may benefit from the use of a brace.
  • We will then measure your foot & ankle to ensure that we provide you the right size brace.
  • We will then provide usage instructions – you may need to wear their brace only during certain activities, depending on your condition.
  • You may quite possibly stand to benefit from therapeutic exercises & stretches – we will go over this with you.

Lower Back Braces

What are lower back braces?

Lumbar (low back) braces are orthopedic protective devices, intended to help stabilize & protect your lower back.

Who can benefit from lower back braces?

There are two main types of lower back braces, and they help patients with different conditions:

  • Trochanteric braces, which are worn on the hips & help with pregnancy related pain
  • Lumbar support braces, which fit above the hips & help protect the spine during recovery from a lumbar disc herniation

What can I expect?

  • One of our Chiropractors or Physiotherapists will assess your clinical history and perform a physical evaluation. We will then tell you if your low back may benefit from the use of a brace.
  • We will then measure your waist and hips to ensure you are provided the right size of brace.
  • We will then provide usage instructions – you may need to wear their brace only during certain activities, depending on your condition.
  • You may quite possibly stand to benefit from therapeutic exercises & stretches – we will go over this with you.

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