What are orthotic braces?
Orthotic braces are used to provide support to a weakened body part or joint. While many times they are worn for a short period of time, usually after an injury or surgery, some braces are used to address long term or chronic conditions. Some braces are used passively, other braces play a more active role in that they don’t only support but also provide a counterforce that achieves a desired outcome.
What types of conditions would you use bracing for?
You can use bracing for a wide variety of conditions from ankle sprains, strains and fractures, tendonitis, tennis and golfers elbow, immobilization for rotator cuff repairs, capsular shifts, soft tissue repairs/strains, runners knee, patellar subluxation/dislocation, arthritis, Osgood Schlatter disease, ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL instabilities and many more!
What company we use and why?
Ossur Americas is a leading company that develops, manufactures and sells non-invasive orthopaedics equipment, including bracing and support products, compression therapy, and prosthetics. Össur operates five research and development departments in four countries. They pride themselves on continuously pushing the boundaries to create some of the most effective, non-invasive mobility solutions on the market today.
How are braces covered under extended health plans?
Most extended health plans cover orthotic braces as long as you provide a prescription from your Medical Doctor.
How is a brace fitted?
Most off the shelf braces are fitted to the patient by a simple measurement while custom braces require more specific measurements. Ossur Americas has developed a smart measure app where pictures and measurements are taken of the knee and sent away for custom development.