How Effective Are Custom Knee Braces?
Did you know the knees are the largest joint in the body? Yes, and they act like hinges to allow the legs and feet to move with ease when walking, running, or kicking. When you have a healthy knee, you can move your leg to almost 150 degrees. But, due to factors like injuries or bone deterioration, your knees can become weak and restrict your movement.
Whenever the knees get injured, you must get support to prevent any further damage and knee braces can help with that.
Although a variety of knee brace designs are available, the custom knee braces are highly recommended because they offer personalized support.
What are Custom Knee Braces?
A custom knee brace is a medical appliance designed based on your leg measurements and is tailored to the specific injury. It is made using a combination of composite materials or aerospace-grade aluminum thus making it lightweight and durable. These braces conform to your knee ensuring consistent protection without loss of mobility, meaning you can resume your activities with ease.
Who Can Benefit?
Custom knee braces are ideally used for osteoarthritis of the knee. According to research, more than 70 percent of the people with osteoarthritis have received a significant improvement in pain and increased activity levels after using the braces.
You can also use the knee braces if you have:
- Jumper’s knee
- ACL and MCL knee sprain
- Meniscal sprains and tears
Can I Use My Knee Brace When Working Out?
Yes. It is highly recommended to wear knee braces when you are engaging in recreational activities and sports. Wearing the knee brace will prevent injuries, pain, and pressure exerted on the knees. Our braces are contoured to fit underneath different clothing including athletic wear, so you can comfortably wear them when working out.
How Do I Know Which Brace is Ideal for Me?
We have a registered and experienced physiotherapist who will assess your condition and activity level and help you choose an ideal brace for your situation. Every patient is unique, so we offer a variety of knee brace options to address the different types of injuries.
Are There Any Special Instructions for Using the Braces?
We will give you specific instructions on how to use the brace. However, here is what you need to remember:
- It will take time to get used to the knee braces, so you need to wear them progressively until the knees get accustomed to them.
- Wear the brace directly on bearskin if possible for a proper grip. However, if you have skin sensitivity, you can use a thin undersleeve to reduce friction. But remember, this can increase the chances of the brace sliding off a little.
- Keep the knee braces clean by handwashing it with mild detergent and air drying it to prevent bacterial growth.
Why Choose Centennial Wellness?
We are one of the wellness clinics that offer custom knee bracing in Calgary. Not only that, but we have partnered with a major knee brace manufacturing company to bring you the best braces available.
Plus, we keep our treatment simple, but effective. We offer an expert assessment and evaluation. Our registered physiotherapist will review your injury, medical history and discuss the options available. During this appointment, your measurement will be taken to create a tailored knee brace.
Next, we will schedule a follow-up appointment for the fitting of the brace. We also demonstrate how to wear the brace and answer any other additional questions you may have.
Are The Custom Knee Braces Covered by Insurance Plans?
Most medical covers cater for a percentage of the cost. However, it is crucial to call your insurance to provide information on the coverage. Also, contact our finance department for a discussion on the accepted insurance plans.
At Centennial Wellness we believe that every case is different and we offer personalized treatment care for all regardless of the condition. Call us or visit our Calgary healthcare clinic for your custom knee braces and other great services.