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Keeping Your Body in Place

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

As humans our bodies break down, whether it’s from overuse, old age or an accident. The wear and tear of our lives can take a toll on our bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, causing pain and discomfort. When our bodies break down we may need surgery or therapy to get it back into working shape. Along with those treatments, whatever part of our body is ailing us also needs support. That is where orthopedic supportscome in to give our bodies the protection they need.

Used mostly for stabilizing and limiting motion, orthopedic supports come in all shapes and sizes, and there is an orthopedic support for almost every part of the body.

  • Foot, ankle and kneeorthopedic supports for feet are most often special shoes needed when in the wake of a foot injury. Ankle sleeves and braces stabilize weak ankles and protect injured nerves, ligaments, or tendons, while knee sleeves and braces provide the same benefits for the knee most commonly used after a surgery.
  • Hand, wrist and arm braces that cover the hand and wrist are commonly used to protect injured or inflamed ligaments or tendons through stabilization. Arm slings are used to support casted arms, and braces can be used after elbow surgery.
  • Shoulder, neck and head slings can be used to support a separated shoulder, and braces can be used to stabilize the shoulder joint after a surgery. Neck and head supports immobilize the spinal cord to prevent any movement or further damage, and to support rehabilitation.

Orthopedic supports have been used to help treat normal body wear and tear, sports injuries and other breakdowns in all parts of the body. They are a crucial part to the recovery process, which is why LA Medical stocks these supports for all parts of the body. If your body is ailing, don’t hesitate to look through our selection of orthopedic supports to find your relief.

Put Your Back into It: Basics of Lumbar Supports

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

We put our back through a lot these days.  One of the most common mistreatments of your back is how you sit.  The most comfortable sitting position is not always the best for your back muscles or spine.  We also do too much lifting, don’t lift properly and don’t stand straight.  All of these seem like minor issues, but these same minor issues lead many Americans to a prescription for a lumbar support back brace.

There are two different categories of back braces, rigid or soft.  The rigid braces are made from an immobilizing design and the soft braces use more elastic materials.  Rigid braces treat the spine while soft back braces generally treat the muscles in the back.

Soft or Elastic Lumbar Support

The soft lumbar supports treat muscle pain, arthritis or mild spine instability.  When prescribed a soft lumbar support, patients generally are not expected to wear them nonstop.  Constant support could lead to the body’s dependency on that support and weaken your muscles.  A prescription for a soft lumbar support is usually combined with an exercise program to strengthen back muscles.  These braces also serve as a reminder to the patient to restrict their movements.

Rigid Lumbar Support

A rigid lumbar support is needed when the spin is unstable or needs correcting over time.  These braces are meant to be worn any time the patient is planning to be out of bed for more than a few minutes.  Some causes for spinal instability is scoliosis, a spinal fracture or a recent spinal surgery.

Overall, the correct spinal bracing is extremely important in lower back pain or spinal instabilities.  Wearing the correct support brace can mean all the difference in your back rehabilitation.  Give us a call if you have any questions about our back braces and their support functions!