Custom Bracing Kitchener
Bracing and custom braces are available at our Kitchener clinic. Bracing is a type of therapy that provides extra support to limbs and joints that have been injured or are weak due to a chronic illness or condition. Bracing can be done for most areas of the body including the wrists, legs, ankles, spine, and even the neck. Depending on the problem, there are two different types of braces that can be used, one being a functional, dynamic brace designed to help during physical activity, the other being a non-functional, rigid brace designed to help a patient recover from an injury.
In general, bracing is a method of treatment that corrects and supports alignments in the affected joints. The outcome is to reduce pain and discomfort for patients as their body heals, through controlled, supported movements of the joints. Braces are designed to restrict joints from moving in a harmful way, and they are designed to help shift weight from the affected joint onto an adjacent area that is stronger. Depending on what the brace is treating, the patient may only wear it temporarily, or they may need to wear it on an ongoing basis.
Dynamic Braces and Rigid Braces
With Dynamic Bracing, the aim of the brace is to provide support and alignment, however, the brace is designed with motion in mind. This type of bracing is common for athletes with minor injuries, those living with chronic conditions or illnesses, or those who are at a point of recovery where they need to increase their range of motion. Dynamic braces should be custom made to patient’s body for the best results, but there are a variety of over-the-counter and in-house braces that can be used depending on the patient.
On the other hand, Rigid Bracing keeps the joints supported and aligned and therefore the patient cannot move the areas as much. The materials used in this type of bracing design keep a very small range of motion (if any) and are commonly used after surgeries or traumatic injuries to stabilize the body. When a doctor has deemed that the patient is able to remove their rigid bracing, often a dynamic bracing is the next step on the pathway to recovery. This allows for the patient to increase their range of motion and strengthen their muscles.
Who Can Benefit from Custom Bracing?
A variety of patients come to our Kitchener Health and Physiotherapy Clinic for custom bracing. We have experience treating patients who need both dynamic bracing and custom bracing. Some of the injuries and conditions that we can treat through custom bracing are as follows:
- Knee pain and Knee injuries
- Lower back pain
- Spinal Deformities such as Scoliosis and Spina Bifida
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Arm Muscle Strains and Injuries
- Ankle Sprains and Injuries
- Leg Fractures and Sprains
- Bunion and Foot Support
- Osteoarthritis and Arthritic problems
Custom Bracing and Physiotherapy
Custom bracing is therapy that is best complemented with Physiotherapy. While wearing a brace helps with the realignment and slowly increases the ability for a patient to move, Physiotherapy in addition to bracing will provide the best results.
Braces should not be worn 24/7 unless instructed by a doctor or therapist. In the times that patients remove their brace, they should also be strengthening their muscles and working on their range of motion with corrected form. A physiotherapist will provide the safest methods to exercise the muscles, and through regular appointments, can assess how the joints and muscles are healing.
If you want to learn more about custom bracing or Physiotherapy in Kitchener, please contact the LiveWell Health and Physiotherapy team. Together as a team, we provide the best solutions for bracing and physiotherapy in the tri-cities. Each patient is given treatments that are unique for their body and their health and wellness goals. Should you have any questions about the treatment plan set up for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.