Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Off the Shelf Knee Ligament Bracing

When it comes to torn knee ligaments, there are a lot of things that are inconvenient, but proper ligament bracing doesn’t have to be one of them. There are a number of off-the-shelf options that provide state-of-the-art engineering at great prices, and you can even order them from the comfort of your home. The following is a quick checklist of important features and benefits to consider when selecting a a medical knee brace.

  • What type of ligament bracing do you require? Many quality braces can support several different ligament instabilities, such as ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, rotary and even combination instabilities. If you have multiple instabilities consider a brace with a cage frame that will provide multiple points of leverage and support.

  • What activity level do you require? There are braces for low, medium, high and extreme impact. Select a brace level to meet your athletic needs. If you are strategically delaying surgery or plan to playing “at risk” sports, you should look for a brace specifically constructed for sports.

  • Is the brace comfortable? You will be wearing the brace for extended periods of time so it needs to be comfortable. This means a product constructed with padding, adjustment features and a design that does not rub, chafe or slip. A cheap brace is more likely to slip, cause heat rash and blisters and just be a general pain. Also, if you are recovering from reconstructive surgery, select a brace that will not make contact with any of the points of incision.

  • Is it a respected brand? When it comes to stabilizing ligaments, quality counts. Look for quality products comprised of non-corrosive materials. Respected medical knee brace brands recognized for quality craftsmanship and innovative design include BREG, OSSUR and Bledsoe.

About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a premier supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. To find a quality specialty orthopedic braces and support, such as a hinged knee brace or high quality lumbar brace, please visit MMAR Medical online.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Understanding & Treating Patellar Dislocations

A patellar dislocation is a commonplace injury that involves the patella (aka the "knee cap".) The patella is situated in the patellofemoral cavity between the distal femur and the tibia, held in place by a number of ligaments and tendons. These ligaments can be damaged by a direct blow to the knee or an awkward motion, which in turn can lead to the knee cap sliding out of place. Most of these dislocations involve the patella moving laterally to the left or right side. The result is severe swelling, reduced mobility and an intense pain felt inside of the knee cap. There several sports particularly associated with these sorts of injuries, including hockey, gymnastics, rugby, football and soccer. Some other factors that put an individual at risk include:

  • Age – People between the ages of 16 to 20 years tend to have the highest occurrences of patellar dislocation due to a higher rate of aggressive sports participation.

  • Gender – Women are more susceptible to these injuries because of how their hips distribute the body's weight.

  • Genetics – These sorts of injuries tend to run in families due to physiological similarities. Some birth defects can also increase the likelihood of injury.

In most patellar dislocation cases, people are able to slide the patella back into place with a simple leg extension resulting in a distinctive knee pop, but in some instances the injury is just too great. In these cases, many doctors will recommend a patellar stabilizer knee brace which should be worn for (at least) two to three weeks. These braces are often used in conjunction with professional physical rehabilitation. Many doctors also recommend taking a glucosamine supplement which is believed to keep ligaments strong. If instability continues beyond 8 to 12 weeks, speak with your doctor about more aggressive options, as in some rare instances, surgery may be the best option for patella ligament repair.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of orthopedic medical products, cold therapy devices, shoes for diabetics, and a wide knee braces including patella stabilizers, please visit MMAR Medical online.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What is Electrotherapy and Can it Help with Arthritis?

Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy currents for medical treatment. It was first pioneered in the mid 1800’s when medical professionals noticed that electric currents could be used to stimulate muscle contractions. Today, electrotherapy is used primarily for physical rehabilitation. It has been approved by the American Physical Therapy Association for pain management, improved joint function, tissue repair, blood flow issues and the treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction.

One of the best known applications of electrotherapy is the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in the knees, hips and hands. In these instances, an electrotherapy device sends tiny electric signals directly to the joint. This is often combined with heat and compression for increased effectiveness. Patients frequently wear the device while sleeping and it is recommended that electrotherapy be administered for 6 to 12 months for optimum results. In some arthritis cases, electrotherapy treatment may help reduce pain, enhance blood circulation, increase joint flexibility and promote deep tissue repair.

Before seeking out a new electrotherapy device, speak to your personal physician or physical therapist. A physician’s order is required to obtain one of these devices and you should only operate the device under the on-going supervision of a medical professional. If your physician agrees that electrotherapy may be beneficial for your specific arthritis condition, seek out a device that is comfortable and convenience to use. If you are covered by Medicare, there are a number of Medicare approved devices such as the J-Stim 1000 therapy system. Ask your physician which device they would recommend for you.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition. Always consult with a medical professional prior to initiating electrotherapy treatment.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of medical products including a wide selection of orthopedic braces and supports. For quality cervical collars, a wide elbow brace selection and other quality braces, please visit MMAR Medical online.