Bracing

Custom Bracing

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Bracing is a therapy option that gives much needed support to joints that have become uneven or unstable due to an injury, illness or chronic condition.

At pt Health, we know that your well being is affected when braces are uncomfortable or do not fit you properly. We give you educational information about the use of your brace and we make sure that the fit is customized to your body.

How Braces Help

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Choosing the right kind of brace is very important. A well fitted brace can aid in proper joint alignment and support an injured area. Braces gently restrict the range of movement in unstable joints. For example, a sports related injury may require a specific type of sport brace which will offer the most stability over other types of braces.

Another example of the benefits of proper bracing can be seen by those who experience joint problems related to osteoarthritis. The pain is often made worse due to lack of physical activity, poor posture, weight gain and older age. Orthopaedic bracing can reduce pain by minimizing stress and pressure on affected joints. A well fitted brace can alleviate pain and improve stability. A pt Health physiotherapist helps you find and fit the correct brace that can benefit you the most.

People with joint problems – particularly in the knee – often experience pain, imbalance and discomfort while walking or performing daily activities. Bracing can significantly help improve joint stability.

Apart from the physical benefits, a well fitted brace can also have a positive effect on your
confidence, allowing you to move freely without anxiety. Wearing a brace can provide extra input to your sensory system which helps your body respond positively to the extra support.

Benefits of Bracing

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Remove Joint Stability

Those who use a well fitted brace often feel a reduction of pain, discomfort and problems in the injured area.

Load Distribution

Bracing offers two important benefits: joint alignment and load distribution. Braces help to shift and share the weight load from the affected part of the joint to the unaffected part. This helps in removing pressure on the affected joint area.

Increased Movement

Through the process of joint alignment, abnormal movement and pain are reduced and normal function begins to be restored. In the case of a knee brace, this helps people to walk or go up and down the stairs with ease.

With high quality custom braces and proper measurement you will receive optimal results.

Common Questions

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It will take some time to get relief and as you adapt to the brace. With proper use you will notice reduced discomfort and you’ll start to feel better.
Avoid using braces 24 hours a day. Take them off so that you can exercise your bones and joints. Your physiotherapist will tell you how frequently you should wear your brace.
In some cases, custom bracing can be measured using a device that can model your limb. The brace is made so that it fits according to the specifics of the model. Some minor adjustments are also done to the brace to make sure that the person wears it comfortably with proper alignment. Patients will also be instructed on how to wear the brace properly.

Coverage Options

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pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare – such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.

At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.

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Research

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The Cochrane research summary published in 2005 concluded that patients who have arthritis of the knee could be treated effectively with braces. It stated that braces could reduce pain, improve physical function an slow disease progression.

Thomas W. Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine at Marietta College in Marietta, OH has stated that “center of balance with the platform moving in a dorsi/plantar flexion direction was improved while wearing the knee brace” in his research summary.

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