Orthopedic Supports

Written by Serena Berger
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Most people do not use orthopedic supports until they have had an injury. Early use can, however, make an injury less likely by providing additional support to joints that are weak or are used heavily. This may be advisable as you get older or if you are feeling weak, and can help you in many activities such as work or even sports.

If you are experiencing arthritis in your hands, you may want to purchase arthritis relief gloves. These can be worn while you sleep and have been clinically proven to relieve pain associated with arthritis. The gloves provide compression and warmth during the night, and users have reported greater flexibility in their joints and strength when trying to grip objects in the morning. In addition to reducing pain, they also can reduce stiffness and swelling in the hands.

Orthopedic Supports for Sports Injuries

If you injured yourself playing a sport, there are several types of orthopedic supports available that can help you. After your injury heals, the joint may be weaker than it was before. Rather than putting yourself at an increased risk to repeat the injury, a brace can provide you with additional support and protection.

Some braces are made for a particular area of the body, such as the elbow, wrist, knee, or ankle. These supports not only provide additional support, but also retain heat which helps the blood circulate and keeps the muscle loose. If you prefer, you can also get bandage wraps that you can apply to any joint. Braces will differ in how much support they provide--some are much more rigid than others because they may have an inflexible metal frame. If you think that this will limit your movement, you should speak with a physician or physical therapist to determine if you need to use them.

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