Knee Braces are use for people who have been involved in an injury of some sort whether it be in sports or just a plain accident and they are usually used when they have had something happen to the knee. Knee braces are usually made out of some sort of elastic or foam, or they can be made out of plastic, metal and even could be something as simple as leather straps. Knee braces push the knee in the opposite direction to keep it from rotating which should never happen in the first place.
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How Can Knee Braces Help In Injury Recovery?
There are four types of knee braces and they are:
- Functional Braces: These provide support to already injured knees, usually an older knee injury.
- Rehabilitative Braces: These are used when the patient is trying to recover from an injury and heal. This usually is used when limited movement is required for when the patient is recovering from surgery or is in the midst of physical rehabilitation.
- Prophylactic Braces: These are primarily used when an athlete needs to use their knees during contact sports.
- Unloader/Offloader Braces: These are for people with arthritis in their knees.
It’s disputed between supporters and detractors of knee braces on whether they are effective or not, but some athletes feel that any of the four braces actually help their knees. However, if you feel that your brace isn’t giving you the best results try to not only put the brace in front of your knee but try knee strengthening exercises to improve it. A knee brace should be one of many options for taking care of the knee, it really depends on the injury a person has.
Why Is It Important To Have A Knee Brace Specialist?
They are better known as an Orthotist, or Prostheticist, and deal with all kinds of limb prosthetics, knee braces are just one aspect of the practice. Orthotists/Prostheticists first assess the situation and try to find out just exactly what the problem is and then they prescribe you the proper knee brace. But before they can assign the proper knee brace they have to ascertain your medical condition or conditions and your daily walking and/or running habits. Next, they make sure it’s the right fit and design for you, followed by the actual physical therapy that the brace gives.
During this process your doctor and your physical therapist will meet with you as they discuss the best course of action for you to take. The Orthotist/Prostheticist meets with your doctor because he can’t prescribe the knee brace on his own, he needs permission. He needs a prescription. Then you meet with the technician who the Orthotist/Prostheticist works with to make sure you have the right fit. First they build the cast of the leg and then they actually build the brace.
The relationship between the patient and the knee brace specialist is an important one because it just doesn’t end with the fitting of the brace. Over the course of weeks, months, or even years, the Orthotist/Prostheticist monitors the knee brace to make sure it’s working correctly and whether or not they need to make any adjustments. But the most important lesson to learn is that you should never get a knee brace without seeing your doctor first.
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