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Doctor insights on: Alpinestars Neck Brace

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Forearm pain on/off for years from work (lifting boxes, typing). Dr says tennis elbow - wear a brace, keep working. Brace hurts + numbs arm. This ok?

Forearm pain on/off for years from work (lifting boxes, typing). Dr says tennis elbow - wear a brace, keep working. Brace hurts + numbs arm. This ok?

Physical therapy: Sounds like physical and/or occupational therapy would be in order. Ask your doctor if a referral is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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C2 neck fracture with halo neck brace. How long will i be wearing this?

C2 neck fracture with halo neck brace. How long will i be wearing this?

Spine surgeon: I think that in your case, you need to find this out from your spine surgeon. I assume that you have one who fitted you with the halo. ...Read more

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Knee to head in wrestling practice june'13. Stunned.Concussion.Cognative problems 3 weeks.Still vision off, balance off head/neck forward posturebad.

Knee to head in wrestling  practice june'13. Stunned.Concussion.Cognative problems 3 weeks.Still vision off, balance off head/neck forward posturebad.

Continue follow up : Concussions, even without loss of conciousness, can produce significant effect and can require long periods of time to resolve. If you have done all of the proper imaging needed to evaluate need for surgical intervention then time, close followup, therapeutic interventions and appropriate expectations about recovery process may be all that is needed. Do not return to activity without clearance. ...Read more

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5yrold boy,16kg wt.having both knee jnts,elbow jts,wrist joints,cervical,metatarsal jt aches.he plays footballand does cycling smtimes.plays lego.wat?

5yrold boy,16kg wt.having both knee jnts,elbow jts,wrist joints,cervical,metatarsal jt aches.he plays footballand does cycling smtimes.plays lego.wat?

Joint pains : Your son is suffering from multiple joint pains. He needs to be evaluated by his pediatrician or a rheumatologist for proper diagnosis, work up & treatment. It is good he is active but be careful, may be he is overdoing it with all these activities, that might aggravate his joint pains, do it in moderation. I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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Bauerfeind malleotrain plus ankle brace or aso flex-hinge brace, which is better for ankle spurs?

Bauerfeind malleotrain plus ankle brace or aso flex-hinge brace, which is better for ankle spurs?

Matter of preference: Where exactly are the spurs? Spurs sometimes depending on the location have little to do with pain and other times are the primary reason. In the after cases it may be recommended they be shaven down. ...Read more

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Tight skin around ankle sides 4mths post surgery, screws/ plate 1 side, screws 1 side. PT daily restrictive dueto knee proced torn meniscus, arthritis?

Tight skin around ankle sides 4mths post surgery, screws/ plate 1 side, screws 1 side. PT daily restrictive dueto knee proced torn meniscus, arthritis?

Follow up: You certainly have a lot going on with having had an ankle fracture that needed surgery and also a torn meniscus. I would sure follow up with your surgeon closely and follow his instructions. ...Read more

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I'm in physical therapy after surgery monteggia fracture, but still can't twist my armfor pronation/supination. Possibly my tendon/ligament torn?

I'm in physical therapy after surgery monteggia fracture, but still can't twist my armfor pronation/supination. Possibly my tendon/ligament torn?

Follow-up required: There are multiple reasons why you lack pronation/supination after a monteggia injury. Among these are- incomplete reduction of the radial head dislocation, synostosis (abnormal bony union) between the radius and ulna, injury to the posterior interosseus nerve or other nerve. A concomitant tendon injury is less likely. You need to follow-up with your surgeon to assess the possible causes. ...Read more

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My ortho diagnosed me with chronic unstable ankle (+ anterior drawer, - MRI tear). Said to wear brace daily. Is lace brace or hard splint better?

Lace brace is more-: -comfortable, but less protective. On the other hand a stiff Arizona ankle brace is more limiting so less pain but hot & you need a really good prosthetics guy to fit you. It also depends on your needs & activity level. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain 8 months ago. Till now, mild chronic ptt pain at inner ankle. Seen 3 orthopaedists, custom insoles, physio, nothing works. Who can help?

Need more work up: At this point i would see a rheumatologist. The orthopedic work up is failing to find a source for the chronic pain. Gout would be higher up on the list and may be missed by the typical mechanical / structural examination initially done by orthopedics. Gout can present after mild trauma. There may be other types of chronic inflammation. I would see a specialist now. ...Read more

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Back pain,then crushing thigh pain,then cant move foot at ankle or toes-its totally rigid.The other foot slowly following. MRI lumbar/sacral negative?

Back pain,then crushing thigh pain,then cant move foot at ankle or toes-its totally rigid.The other foot slowly following. MRI lumbar/sacral negative?

EMG/Neurologist: If you have already seen a spine surgeon and they have determined it is not your back that is causing these problems then a nerve conduction test (EMG) could be warranted or a visit with a neurologist to see why this is occuring. ...Read more

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Would a neck brace help with my nrvk pain?

Would a neck brace help with my nrvk pain?

No way to tell: Without knowing what is causing your neck pain i could not answer that. ...Read more

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How can I sleep with a Miami J neck brace applied?

How can I sleep with a Miami J neck brace applied?

SPINAL COLLAR: Review website for proper sizing and fitting on www.spinalcollar.com. Discuss with your doctor appropriate pain control and use of low dose ambien/lunesta/rozerem ...Read more

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Well I have neck pain and was wondering if I by a brace

Well I have neck pain and was wondering if I by a brace

See below: Sharp neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. I would stay away from the brace for now. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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I have a broken C7 in my neck, can I remove the brace to shower?

I have a broken C7 in my neck, can I remove the brace to shower?

No.: ...Unless your doctor has cleared your neck and specifically told you it is fine to remove it. ...Read more

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I got a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?

I got a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?

6 to 10 weeks: The majority heal with conservative care. On average, if it is going to heal on it's own, it will do so in 6-10 weeks. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've got neck problems and sleep in a neck brace. I am looking for a new brace. Any suggestions?

I've got neck problems and sleep in a neck brace. I am looking for a new brace. Any suggestions?

Why?: see if you really need one?--go to a new MD/DO and see if still necessary.... if so then ask what they'd recommend or refer you to... most people save for traumatic situations don't need neck braces.... ...Read more

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What kind of neck brace can I use for my craniocervical instability when I also have TMJ problems?

What kind of neck brace can I use for my craniocervical instability when I also have TMJ problems?

Confirm diagnosis : CCI is a serious condition of hereditary or traumatic origin such as a serious auto collision. While I have no expertise with CCI, I have spent 45 years treating TMJ and can tell you that any kind of cervical brace will make your TMJ much worse. If your CCI was diagnosed by a chiropractor, have the condition confirmed by an Orthopaedist. If (s)he does not concur, seek treatment for your TMJ. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?

What to do if I have a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?

Herniated disc: The pain from a herniated disc in the neck will improve with anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers, neck exercises, and physical therapy. Cervical traction can reduce the radiating arm pain. Cortisone injections and nerve blocks can reduce neck and arm pain also. A neck brace reduces range of motion and often increases the pain. The pain should resolve within six weeks. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I broke my neck (c7) on the 28th of jan. I'm scheduled to have my brace taken off mar 11. When can I start lifting @ the gym again?

I broke my neck (c7) on the 28th of jan. I'm scheduled to have my brace taken off mar 11. When can I start lifting @ the gym again?

Ask your surgeon: "one should not push her/his luck too much...." you've gotta be very careful before you are back to your routine lifting etc. When you can start your activity will depend on how severe the fracture is, how did you get the fracture, how heavy is the lifting-etc. Discuss with your surgeon when you can start lifting again. You are lucky you did not have quadriplegia- so dont push your luck too much. ...Read more

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Will I have to wear a huge neck/back brace due to scoliosis?

Will I have to wear a huge neck/back brace due to scoliosis?

No: If you are really 35 years old, wearing a brace would have no effect. Braces are normally used for adolescents and children with progressive curves in an effort to slow the curves progression. ...Read more

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Dx with reversed cervical lordosis & told to wear neck brace for correction. Please recommend a wearing a schedule.

Extension stretching: only need collar when wanting to look down. If you can keep a good posture and hourly extend your neck, the collar may be unnecessary. ...Read more

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Suddenly I have three red dots in differents parts of my body: neck, arm and brace. Dots are small, 2-3 mm diameter.

Suddenly I have three red dots in differents parts of my body: neck, arm and brace. Dots are small, 2-3 mm diameter.

Red dots: Difficult to know with out more information but itching would make you think of allergy or contact to something allergic. If no itching then maybe bites, chicken pox, or just a virus. Use a topical steroid first then wait to see if anything else develops. If continues to spread then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I just got braces and now I'm having neck pain and headaches. Is this caused by my braces and is this normal? What can I do to relieve the pain?

I just got braces and now I'm having neck pain and headaches. Is this caused by my braces and is this normal? What can I do to relieve the pain?

Getting used to them: my best guess is that you will take at least a week to get used to the braces--then headache and neck pain should subside. use of otc analgesics and heat locally should help ...Read more

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Would I have to wear a neck brace if i had surgery for cervical degenerative disc disease? I am just trying to figure out if i want the surgery

Would I have to wear a neck brace if i had surgery for cervical degenerative disc  disease? I am just trying to figure out if i want the surgery

There : There is some variation on the usage of neck braces from doctor to doctor. Surgery at 1 disk level may not require a neck brace, surgery at 2 levels usually requires a brace and surgery at 3 or more levels requires a brace. Good luck! ...Read more

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Friend fractured neck at c6-c7 10 years ago. He has fully recovered. Should he reapply his neck brace whenever pain episodes appear?

If you R solidly-: -healed no need 2. It the symptoms R the same as before, put it on & get back 2 C Ur spine surgeon. ASD (adjacent segment disease) is common after this length of time. No emergency but get in 2 C him/her. ...Read more

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My husband fractured his C2 a couple of days ago. They did not opt for surgery or a halo and have him in a neck brace and sent him home the day after the incident. Is this a good sign?

Depends: This depends on several things: how experienced was the physician who made the diagnosis & treatmrpent plan, your husband's age & health status, the type of fracture ( classified type 1, 2 or3-which all have different prognosis's) & whether the fracture was non displaced or displaced and by how much it was angulated if at all. You should get an opinion from an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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