The extra support that bracing provides for a joint after an injury, or to support a weakened aging joint, is often a vital part of healing and regaining strength. The wellness team at Maragal Medical in Leominster, Massachusetts, prescribe bracing for patients of all ages who need extra assistance during the healing process. When combined with various rehab techniques, bracing can get you back to doing what you love. Call to schedule an appointment today.
Bracing Q & A
What types of braces are available?
We commonly prescribe bracing for knees and the low back. Braces provide stability and ensure that your joint moves along the correct path. They also help with rehabilitation as your joints heal.
What are the benefits of bracing?
After an injury, bracing the affected joint can help keep it stable, offer extra support, and prevent re-injury. Braces also help prevent unwanted movements and allow normal movement of your joint as it heals. Braces are convenient because you can take them off during certain times of the day, or at night.
When are low back and knee braces used?
Low back and knee braces are commonly needed after surgery or to provide support for a weakened or arthritic knee joint. We also use low back and knee bracing after a stem cell allograft injection to assist in the initial stages of the allograft as it provides cushioning and lubrication in your joint.
Our doctors sometimes prescribe low back and knee braces to provide stability after a disc injury, bad sprain, or torn ligament to help you heal and avoid surgery whenever possible. In many cases, you wear your low back or knee brace during activities or sports even after your knee has completely healed to prevent further complications.
Additionally, knee braces are particularly helpful for men and women who have chronic knee pain from arthritis. A brace helps stabilize the knee and decreases pain during movements like getting up from, or sitting down in, a chair.
What type of knee brace do I need?
Knee braces provide different types of relief and support depending on your particular injury or condition. Rehabilitative knee braces limit movement while your knee recovers from an injury or surgery.
Functional knee braces provide support to knees that have been previously injured during a sport or from a fall. Functional knee braces are excellent at reducing knee rotation after an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Unloader/offloader knee braces are designed specifically to provide relief from arthritis, including osteoarthritis. This type of brace unloads stress from your knee joint by placing pressure on your thigh bone, forcing your knee to bend away from the area that’s causing pain.
Find out if a low back or knee brace can help relieve your pain. Call or schedule a consultation online today.