Physical Therapists have been the primary health care professional involving bracing for patients for over 6 decades. We carry on this tradition here at Sport & Spine Physical Therapy. In contrast to a cast, which is commonly used for fractures, a brace allows for movement, but with specific support, often protecting ligaments that need to heal. Certain braces come with adjustments, that your healthcare provider will adjust accordingly as you improve. Braces are commonly used during rehabilitation and also in prevention of re-injury such as in athletics or work activities. It should be recognized that bracing is traditionally used as an “adjunct” to rehabilitation, and generally is not used as a sole treatment by itself. Braces, such as the ACL Brace (described below) are recommended at the end of a patient’s rehabilitation, where other braces are used during the rehabilitation process towards achieving other future goals.
Braces fall into “off the shelf” models and “Custom” models. A knee brace can only give as much support based on the fit. The better the fit, the more effective your brace will be. Off the shelf items are always less expensive. Certain braces may be covered by insurance, so please inquire from our office staff.
Knee: Off the Shelf Bracing
We take measures that will give correct sizing also for “off the shelf” braces that may be used during rehabilitation and/or for long term. Items can be ordered in different colors.
Knee: Custom Bracing
We are able to take custom measurements from your knee that is used to make a model of your leg, which a brace is custom fitted for your knee. A knee brace can only give as much support based on the fit. The better the fit, the more effective your brace will be. The most common brace for this is the ACL brace (for patients Anterior Cruciate Ligament deficient knees or those who have had surgical reconstruction).
Help keep your patella (knee cap) in alignment to improve mechanics and patellar tracking.
Your PT may recommend certain bracing during your rehabilitation based on your specific deficits. Please ask your PT regarding this.
We offer the Suede-O-Universal lace up, Active Ankle, and Ultra Ankle braces which have lead the industry in superior ligamentous support for over a decade. Your Therapist may recommend an Air-Cast, this brace is not used in athletics, but used during Physical Therapy treatment programs to progress towards achieving pain-free walking.
We are able to provide other bracing, such as for the wrist, elbow, hand as needed, as well as fabricate custom splints.