A doctor may prescribe a brace for either acute or chronic pain. The brace will provide stability to a swollen, unstable or painful joint. It doesn’t matter what joint you are supporting with a brace. The brace can decrease pain, diminish swelling and on occasion improve the joints function. A brace can be recommended for a range of conditions including osteoarthritis, fractures and sprains.
PT’s Bracing Patients
Physical therapists have been the number one health care professional involved in bracing patients for more than sixty years. A brace can help by:
- Compared to a cast, which is usually used for fractures, a brace still allows movement only with specific support. This helps to protect ligaments that need to heal.
- There are braces that can adjust. Your therapists can adjust your brace as you make improvements.
- A brace is most commonly used during your rehabilitation process in the hopes of preventing a re-injury. This is often used during athletics or work activities.
Traditionally, using a brace is often used as an aide in the rehabilitation process and isn’t thought of as the sole treatment by itself. A brace is used at this time in order for you to reach your therapy goals.
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