Generally, there are two well known and accepted types of brace support options. First, those designed to support the large weight-bearing, postural musculoskeletal groups such as the neck and back. Second, those intended for the stabilization and flexibility demands of the numerous joints of the body. Both of these types of braces are typically prescribed to provide healing support to an injured or post surgical area, or to protect against injury potentially inherent in certain strenuous physical sporting activities.
Brace supports may be beneficial in:
- reducing pain by “offloading” weight-bearing stress from an injured or surgically repaired joint
- maintaining and maximizing everyday activities
- its use in conjunction with other treatment modalities intended to increase stability and reduce pain
- the prevention of further deterioration of an existing musculoskeletal condition or in post-surgical support
Brace supports can be a cost effective, viable alternative/adjunct in the treatment of certain injuries or other health conditions. This potential may reduce the need for narcotic or anti-inflammatory pain medication or perhaps even delay the need for surgery.