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Brace: what is it and why is it needed?

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the Orthosis is a class orthopedic appliances used for unloading and fixing of the joints of the spine after surgery, an injury, or some diseases. In addition, the need of unloading and fixing may also be called:

  • congenital disorders of musculoskeletal system;
  • predisposition to the emergence or presence of contractures (including cerebral palsy);
  • paresis, and paralysis (including after a stroke).

the Orthosis is a complex concept. This is the common name of all products and devices naznachenii as a trauma surgeon or an orthopedist immediately for treatment and recovery of a particular segment of the locomotor system (feet, back, elbow, hip or knee joint, etc.).


types of braces

By appointment all orthoses are divided into 3 groups:

  • joints of lower extremities (knee, hip orthoses, ankle, some types of orthopedic shoes and orthotics);
  • joints of upper extremities (elbow, finger clips, the clips of the shoulder (by the way, high-quality orthosis in shoulder joint at an affordable price you can purchase ), wrist orthoses);
  • orthoses for the spine (reclinators, corsets, tires-collars, postpartum, prenatal bandages).

What does the knee brace?

Braces perform the following functions:

  • unload, stabilize, fix the joints and the spine;
  • contribute to the restoration of the soft tissues and the musculoskeletal function directly after various injuries (bruises, sprains, fractures, subluxations, dislocations, etc.);
  • adjust (correct) the deformation and damage of the locomotor system (kyphosis, scoliosis, etc.);
  • protect the spine and joints with excessive physical exertion during sports activities;
  • relieves pain caused by diseases of the joints or spine (arthritis, arthrosis, osteochondrosis, spondylosis, etc.).

Often called "brace" erroneously referred to as strictly hard locks joints (splints, articulated a complex elbow pads and knee pads, hard braces for the wrist joint, and thigh, etc.).


the method of manufacturing orthoses are:

  • individual (made in order)
  • ready-made (factory-made products).

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