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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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How often during the day do you wear a counterforce brace for tennis elbow? And how many weeks should you wear it for?

How often during the day do you wear a counterforce brace for tennis elbow?  And how many weeks should you wear it for?

Wrist splint: I find that a wrist splint actually works better than a counterforce brace for tennis elbow. The exception is when playing sports such as golf or tennis. A wrist splint works by reducing wrist extension and thus, tension on the common extensor tendon. Try wearing it for most of the day for 10-14 days for acute tennis elbow and then when doing exacerbating activities. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go back to soccer after ACL reconstruction? What type of brace will i need? Would you recommend going back to play soccer and run track?

Is it safe to go back to soccer after ACL reconstruction? What type of brace will i need? Would you recommend going back to play soccer and run track?

Yes,: In most cases people can return to sports (including soccer & track) following an acl reconstruction, especially if it is the first time you've had a tear. However, return to play comes after months of rehab, and usually includes bracing. Your surgeon can help you decide which brace is best for your specific needs (may be custom fit bracing). For more info: ...Read more

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After a shoulder injury, what can I do to support it while playing sports?

After  a shoulder injury, what can I do to support it while playing sports?

Usually not: Usually external supports do not work well and the ones that do are very bulky and combersone to wear.The best way to prevent reinjury is a good program of rehabilitation..Olso depend upon what kind of sport you are refereeing to.. ...Read more

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My knee hurts with the simplest activities and is not aligned should I use crutches and a brace until i see my doctor?

My knee hurts with the simplest activities and is not aligned should I use crutches and a brace until i see my doctor?

Chondromalacia: It is likely to be chondromalacia, a condition common in young females and usually treated with specific exercises. Either crutches or a knee sleeve is fine. Consider an orthopedic opinion. ...Read more

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What exercise can I do while wearing a brace for a fractured wrist?

What exercise can I do while wearing a brace for a fractured wrist?

Isometrics for FX: Avoid motions. Keep the fractured area well splinted. Can do isometric muscle contractions as long as it does not produced prolonged pain afterwords (over 20 minutes) and does not cause any swelling. Some bone stress might even help healing, but not motions. ...Read more

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I work in a place with a lot of stairs, I have patellar tendonitis, should I wear a knee brace? And if so what kind should I get?

I work in a place with a lot of stairs, I have patellar tendonitis, should I wear a knee brace? And if so what kind should I get?

Strengthen knee: Strengthening of quadriceps muscle would more likely solve the problem. Brace may work, but would be required from then on, as allows muscles to become even weaker and worsen instability. ...Read more

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How should I go about returning to athletic play after an ankle sprain? Is a brace or athletic taping better?

How should I go about returning to athletic play after an ankle sprain? Is a brace or athletic taping better?

Brace: A brace is a more secure way to protect your ankle from re-injury. Eventually taping will be ok but at the beginning it is best to have good support. Taping can be very strong, depending on who does it, but it is not as strong as a good brace. However, it depends on what athletic activity you are doing because the brace will limit your mobility more. ...Read more

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Should you tape your quad to help support it in a soccer game? what type of tape should you use

Should you tape your quad to help support it in a soccer game? what type of tape should you use

Taping: Taping muscle can aid in recovering from injury. Spider taping has been used in athletes for this purpose, with some good results reported. There is no need to tape a muscle if you are healthy, without injury. ...Read more

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What kind of excercise can I do with a sprained (possibly fractured) foot? How long should I wait before running or using the elliptical?

What kind of excercise can I do with a sprained (possibly fractured) foot?  How long should I wait before running or using the elliptical?

Upper body: If you have a feeling that your foot is fractured or sprained you should see a doctor and get it diagnosed and treated. It is reasonable to use pain as your guide as to what you can do or not do.In general, upper extremity exercises can be done seated, and non impact activities like swimming are doable. Sprains usually heal in 2-6 weeks , fractures in 6-8 weeks. Once again pain is your guide. ...Read more

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Is surgery for a dislocated patella ever required? Or is it always an option? I play soccer and want to keep playing but I don't want surgery.

Is surgery for a dislocated patella ever required? Or is it always an option? I play soccer and want to keep playing but I don't want surgery.

Sometimes.: If you have had only one dislocation, rehab is probably the way to go. If you have recurrent dislocations, then you should consider surgery. In most cases, if the initial dislocation is the result of a trauma, like a collision on the soccer field, the knee cap won't come out again. If it came out without any trauma, say you just turned around and it popped out, your risk is higher. ...Read more

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I'm right handed I dislocated my shoulder for the first time will I be able to do boxing as a sport?

I'm right handed I dislocated my shoulder for the first time will I be able to do boxing as a sport?

Yes if you follow: Your doctors advise , most likely you are immobilized in a sling for 4 to 6 wks , that allows the ' tare ' in the capsule to heal completely , required physical therapy to regain the strength and integrity to normal state . Then your doctor permits you , once dislocated will have higher incidence of dislocation than those who did not. ...Read more

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I have elbow tendonitis and have iced it for a week, when would it be safe to play sports again?

I have elbow tendonitis and have iced it for a week, when would it be safe to play sports again?

Pain subsides: If the pain is improved than you can start back ramping back into your sport. If the pain returns again you may need to look at technique or equipment that could be contributing to the problem. ...Read more

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What is the best knee brace for pfs for softball? It needs to be able to stand sliding and lots of running and squating. Should i wear on both knees?

What is the best knee brace for pfs for softball? It needs to be able to stand sliding and lots of running and squating. Should i wear on both knees?

Patellofemoral pain: The best brace is no brace. Making sure that your hip abductors and vastus medialis are strong. Also making sure that your patellar mobilization is good by stretching the lateral retinaculum is paramount. In the short term consider mcconnell or kinesio-taping. Bracing will serve no great purpose if you haven't done the above first. ...Read more

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What exercise can you do with a fractured wrist while in a brace?

What exercise can you do with a fractured wrist while in a brace?

Cardio: While you cannot lift weights, you can still participate in cardio activities, such as running, hiking or stationary cycling. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine or crime will I use when sprain knee?How many day will it better ?Can i play football again if it is better?

What kind of medicine or crime will I use when sprain knee?How many day will it better ?Can i play football again if it is better?

Rest: Avoid anti-inflamatories like Motrin or aleve if there is a sprain (with instability). Wrap the knee, ice and elevate periodically. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain should be sufficient for the pain. Any linament (greasy and warming) can stimulate blood flow for healing. See a sports doctor if the fluid and pain persist for 1 week. You will play again when healed and strong. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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