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Support Your Leap Back into Action for Spring 2013

Posted on: February 7th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

We know it is only February, but the temperature is beginning to warm up here in the Los Angeles area. As the month progresses you may be tempted to get out and go for a walk or jog by Venice Beach or through Griffith Park. Give in to temptation! Walking or jogging is great aerobic exercise that boosts your metabolism and benefits your cardiovascular health.

Be sure to take it easy when getting back into action as the weather continues to warm up.

However, start slow, especially if you have been in hibernation during the winter. Getting back into action too quickly, whether you are running, throwing a baseball around or playing tennis, can leave you feeling sore and in need of a brace or support from LA Medical

As we detailed in a previous post, your ankles are the most common sites for injuries when you are active. Rolled ankles and sprains occur as a result of all sports or activities where running and changing direction are common like basketball, soccer and tennis. An ankle brace not only helps you recuperate from ankle injuries, but also provides stability that decreases the chances of re-injury.

The knees are also a common site for injuries in those participating in very active sports or activities, making knee braces vital for rehabilitation. If you or a family member has had surgery recently on your knee, you may need a brace that prevents any flexing of the knee, while less severe injuries may only require an elastic knee support.

While you may be anxious to get out and enjoy the weather as it warms up again, you will not be able to enjoy it as much if you hurt your ankle or knee. In the event that you do, we can help you recover with an ankle or knee brace that will get you back outside and enjoying life again!

The Pain Behind the Sprain

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

It has happened to you, probably multiple times throughout your life, most likely. Sometimes it hurts more than others, that feeling you get in your ankle when it rolls over your foot or you land in a position that just doesn’t feel right. I’m talking about a sprained ankle, one of the most common orthopedic injuries.

Every day in the United States about 25,000 people sprain an ankle either through playing a sport or simply by a misstep. As one of the most common injuries among all age groups and different sports, ankle sprains are one of the most universal injuries. Sprains occur when the ligaments in the ankle, which are supposed to be slightly elastic, are stretched further than they are supposed to, resulting in pain. In severe strains, the ligaments are partially or completely torn, causing excruciating pain.

Recovering from an ankle sprain depends on the severity of the injury, but any ankle sprain treatment should include an ankle brace when weight is put back on the ankle. Ankle braces, like the ones carried by LA Medical, work by limiting the movement of the four major ligaments that support the stability of the ankle. However, for those that want to return to the playing field after a sprained ankle, you should first do the proper rehab to return the flexibility and strength in your ankle to where it originally was before slipping on an ankle brace and playing again.

While an ankle brace does help protect the ligaments of the ankle, wearing one continuously before rehab is not recommended as that will only prevent the ankle from healing properly. As with all injuries, you should follow the advice of your doctor or team physician before getting back onto the course, court or field to enjoy the sport you love.

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.