What is Orthopedic Bracing?
Orthopedic bracing is part of a treatment plan created by our Chiropractor and Athletic Therapist. It helps restrict movement and relieve pressure in an injured area, promoting healing and recovery. Our professionals at HealthyToDos take precise measurements of the affected area to design a customized brace that is uniquely for you.
What are Signs you Need Orthopedic Braces?
- Joint stiffness, pain, swelling, or numbness
- Muscle injury
- Persistent pain
- Infection in an injured area
Overall, if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your joints, muscles, or tendons, book an appointment with your healthcare provider. They will professionally assess you and determine options that promote healing and comfort.
What’s the Difference Between Orthotics and Orthopedics?
Orthotics mainly focus on the feet, ankles or the lower body. They can help with flat feet, overpronation, or overall concerns over the feet structure by relieving areas of pressure and controlling the alignment of the feet.
On the other hand, orthopedics focus on musculoskeletal injuries, commonly the bones, joints, muscles, or tendons. They are most often used to help with fractures, arthritis, sports injuries, back pain, and joint replacements by stabilizing the injured area and regaining normal joint function. For example, when you have a sprained ankle, your healthcare provider may recommend an ankle brace to help immobilize it and forbid any further injuries.
What are Different Types of Orthopedic Bracings?
- Elbow Braces
- Foot and Ankle Braces
- Wrist Braces
- Thumb and Finger Braces
- Shoulder Braces
- Hip Braces
How Long Do I Have to Wear Orthopedic Braces For?
The length varies, depending on the type and severity of your injury. For example, a regular ankle sprain may take up to 6 weeks. However, your healthcare provider may recommend you to continue wearing an ankle brace during sports or workouts for up to 12 months. Regular checkups are also needed during the recovery period to determine whether or not you are on track with the healing plan.
You are generally recommended to wear braces as much as you can in a day to optimize healing, but be sure to follow the directions of your specialist. Incorrect use can lead to worsening of the injury and do more harm than good.
Do I Need a Referral to Get Orthopedic Braces?
In Ontario, you do not need a prescription to get orthopedic braces. However, please check with your insurance provider to see if there are certain criterias that you must meet to be eligible for a claim.
If you have any questions and wish to explore options for orthopedic braces in the Markham or GTA area, you can book a discovery call with Dr. David Tam to start your journey towards creating a healthier you!