Braces support all your body’s joints, providing the external strength you need to recover from an injury or stay active after joint problems develop.
But bracing can’t meet your needs unless it’s a good fit for your body and designed for your unique injury or orthopedic condition.
That’s why the team at Cascade Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center, PC, in Hood River and The Dalles, Oregon, specializes in custom bracing. They ensure that your brace precisely fits your body, supports your unique joint condition, eases your pain, and helps you keep moving.
Here are seven essential benefits gained from custom bracing:
1. Fit your body
Medical care should never take a one-size-fits-all approach, and that’s true when you need a brace. Your brace should perfectly fit your body, meet your activity needs, and be designed to support your specific injury or joint problem. Custom bracing is the only way to meet those goals.
2. Reduce pain
Though all braces should ease your joint pain, the personalized fit of a custom brace allows them to do a better job than a brace that doesn’t quite fit your joint or injury. Bracing can be a game-changer for people suffering from the pain of an injury or chronic disease.
3. Promote healing
Whether you injure a ligament, tendon, cartilage, or bone, tissues can’t heal if they keep moving or get subjected to stress, which is a challenging problem when you have a joint injury.
The job of a joint is to move your body and absorb the stress caused by movement and body weight. Custom bracing immobilizes the joint and helps redistribute the load, which helps the tissues heal and regain optimal strength.
4. Improve movement and function
When you don’t need to immobilize a joint, custom bracing serves the all-important job of supporting movement and improving joint function. Bracing maintains joint alignment, promotes stability, and controls movement.
You can use a brace to enhance mobility in degenerative diseases like arthritis, improve range of motion, prevent instability, and avoid problems like hyperextension.
5. Support rehabilitation
The benefits already mentioned work together to support your rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery or an injury. Once you begin rehabilitation, a customized brace allows you to engage in your exercise program. Bracing ensures your joint doesn’t exceed a safe range of motion.
6. Lower the risk of re-injury
We may recommend wearing a brace to support a joint while you’re active. As a result, you can keep moving without worrying about re-injuring the joint. You may need to avoid rolling your ankle or need extra stability for a joint weakened by a previous injury.
7. Prevent disease progression
Some braces prevent orthopedic conditions from causing progressive damage to the affected tissues. Two of the most common include a wrist brace that prevents ongoing nerve damage in people with carpal tunnel syndrome and a knee brace to slow joint damage caused by arthritis.
Call Cascade Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center, PC, or request an appointment online if you have questions about custom bracing or need help with a painful joint.