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Doctor insights on: What Should I Look For When Choosing A Joint Brace To Use While Playing Sports

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?

Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?

Hello: Strictly : Hello: strictly speaking you do not need to wear a brace after acl surgery. Some patients like the supportive feel of an acl brace during rehab. In some instances and some sports, a brace may help protect against collision-related reinjuries. I do believe there is no strongly overwhelming evidence to mandate a brace or to avoid a brace, so i discuss the above with the patient and help them decide. I generally advise those who get a brace to use it for the first year back to sports, unless they do some higher-collision-risk sports infrequently (for example, skiing), then i would have no problem with their wearing the brace a couple times a year for those occasions for several years. I would have problems with patients who feel they "must" have a brace: then i would want to rule out residual instability, and if that is ruled out, work with those patients to make sure they are confident on their feet. After all, the acl reconstruction should provide stability! i hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa. ...Read more

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Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?

Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?

Stability: The thought is that wearing a knee brace helps to stabilize the knee and associated ligaments and tendons when you are experiencing pain or minor injury. I see the brace as a protective factor while playing sports if you are dealing with knee tendon or ligament strain/pain. I doubt if it would really benefit or protect you to wear one if no injury exists however. ...Read more

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I am loosely held together/ flexible and I am not allowed to play sports anymore, what are some excercises i could do, i can pop joints out, not tryin?

I am loosely held together/ flexible and I am not allowed to play sports anymore, what are some excercises i could do, i can pop joints out, not tryin?

Possible EDS: You probably have ehlers-danlos syndrome (eds) or another one of the disorders characterized by loose-jointedness (hypermobility). The first step is to establish which disorder you have and that will determine what is appropriate in terms or exercises. See a rheumatologist before you start any exercise program. ...Read more

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Can you tell me docs, is getting clear braces & playing a sport riskier than getting metal braces & playing a sport?

Can you tell me docs, is getting clear braces & playing a sport riskier than getting metal braces & playing a sport?

No difference: For the safety of your teeth, the integrity of the appliances, and to prevent severe soft tissue injuries to the inside of your mouth, ask your orthodontist for an orthodontic mouth guard. Wear it all the time, including during practice. ...Read more

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How can I avoid knee joint ?Damage while playing sports?

How can I avoid knee joint ?Damage while playing sports?

Stretch, play smart: Make sure you stretch pregame adequately.\ make sure you take time when not playing to exercise the knees to strengthen them. Also play smart. Don't take unnecessary risk in game that jeopardize those knees. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with ehlers-danlos syndrome (joint cartilage) so should I stop playing sports?

I have just been diagnosed with ehlers-danlos syndrome (joint cartilage) so should I stop playing sports?

Not completely.: Your condition also is associated with hypermobilty of tendons and ligaments. While i think you should avoid contact sports, impulsive sports (tennis, basketball), you can bike, swim, do resistance training and keep your health in the best it can be. ...Read more

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Could overuse/bruising of joints stunt growth? For example, could playing sports such as soccer stunt growth.

Could overuse/bruising of joints stunt growth? For example, could playing sports such as soccer stunt growth.

Pulling a stunt.: If during the course of overusing or bruising a joint, the adjacent growth plate get injured, you could effect the bone growth in that specific location. ...Read more

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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