ORTHOPEDIC SUPPLY GUIDE
What is Orthopedics?
Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that deals with trauma and deformities in the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments, known collectively as the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic specialists also focus on chronic and acute conditions such as spine diseases, musculoskeletal infections, and sports injuries. Whether surgical intervention becomes necessary or not, comprehensive treatment plans often involve the use of orthopedic supplies like ankle and foot braces, elastic bandages, back braces, splints, casting supplies, and even orthopedic footwear.
Orthotics -The science that deals with the use of specialized mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs.
Orthoses - An orthopedic appliance or apparatus used to support, align, prevent, or correct deformities or to improve function of movable parts of the body.
*Sourced from https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/
TYPES OF BRACES, SPLINTS & SUPPORTS FOR SALE
Orthopedic splints, supports, and braces are designed to immobilize or stabilize joints, bones, ligaments, and tendons while recovering from injuries or surgical procedures. Orthotic devices are also commonly used to relieve pain and discomfort from chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. For your shopping convenience, orthopedic supplies are classified by region of the body. For example, upper extremity braces for the wrists, hands, and elbows are commonly used for conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, or arthritis; while lower extremity braces like knee wraps and ankle splints offer support for daily activities, sports participation, and injury recovery. Other categories include cervical, abdominal, and back support, as well as posture correction, traction units, and orthopedic support pillows.
Please note: Before making an orthopedic purchase, consult your healthcare professional to discuss which orthotic product is best suited for your personal circumstances and condition.
Upper Extremity Supports
The upper extremity of the human body includes the shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, fingers and thumb. In addition to fractures, sprains, strains, dislocation, and other injury-related conditions, chronic conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golf elbow, or osteoarthritis often require orthopedic intervention. Orthotics designed specifically for these body parts, and the maladies associated with them, like arm slings, shoulder stabilizers and immobilizers, elbow support braces, finger and thumb splints, and wrist braces or supports can provide much-needed pain relief as well as protection and stabilization during the healing process or when chronic conditions flare-up. In most instances, the proper orthotic devices will allow patients to continue on with their normal daily routines. Shop our comprehensive selection of upper extremity orthopedic supplies for sale by visiting the following categories:
Lower Extremity Supports
The lower extremities of the body include the muscles, tendons, joints, and bones from the hip area to the tips of the toes. Orthotics made specifically for these areas address a plethora of common injuries and chronic conditions like ankle sprains and fractures, bunions, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy, and knee disorders including tendon strains and tears. Other conditions like leg length discrepancy, drop foot, fallen arches, and heel spurs are often addressed with shoe orthotics like insoles, inserts, and heel cups. Just like the braces, splints, and supports designed for upper extremity injuries, lower limb orthopedic supplies provide therapeutic benefits and protection when injury or chronic conditions compromise normal function. CAM walkers and cast shoes, ankle braces, knee wraps, and orthopedic footwear protect and stabilize, and in most instances, allow you to resume most normal activity during the healing process. Other orthotic devices like night splints for plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and nerve injuries actually work while you sleep. Allegromedical.com features a full inventory of lower extremity orthopedic supplies for sale in the following categories:
Back Support and Abdominal Binders
To support, stabilize, and correct injuries and conditions affecting the torso and spine, orthopedic devices such as back braces and abdomen binders are effective. A wide variety of products like support pillows, posture braces, sacral mesh belts, and binders can provide relief from chronic and acute back pain. Also known as lumbar orthoses, sacroiliac (or SI) belts, and abdominal corsets, back braces are available in rigid and flexible forms, multiple sizes, and various styles. Abdominal binders are elasticized compression garments worn around the midsection to support the muscles through post-surgical and injury recovery. Also known as belly binders, these devices are commonly used after c-sections or childbirth, laparoscopic procedures, tummy tucks, spinal surgery, bariatric surgery, hysterectomies, or to help improve balance. Although only surgical intervention will resolve a hernia, belts and trusses support the affected area to reduce discomfort until surgery is possible. As various forms of hernias can afflict both men and women alike, support belts and binders are available in gender-specific designs and for different areas of the anatomy. Allegromedical.com offers a wide variety of back supports, abdominal binders and hernia belts for sale in the following categories:
Cervical Support & Traction Devices
Cervical orthopedic support can become necessary when an injury occurs to the neck and/or upper spine. Orthopedic devices designed specifically for the neck region include cervical collars, cervical pillows, neck rolls, neck exercisers, and upper spine support like a specialized dorsal vest. A wide variety of neck support is available through Allegromedical.com including cervical collars in both flexible and rigid forms as well as low profile or full coverage styles; water, fiber-filled, and foam cervical support pillows to properly align the neck and spine while sleeping; and daytime support braces to limit mobility and allow for healing. Cervical traction is another therapeutic option to resolve neck and back pain. At-home and clinical-use medical traction equipment works by gently stretching the spine to create more space between the vertebrae, relieving pain for a variety of conditions like muscle contracture, spinal decompression, neck injuries, and chronic back issues like scoliosis and lordosis.
OTHER ORTHOPEDIC SUPPLIES FOR SALE
Orthopedic patient positioning products are most commonly used to elevate or immobilize certain parts of the body during procedures, therapeutic sessions, or when a patient is bed-bound.
Medical casting supplies include customizable materials like casting tape, undercast padding, and stockinettes, stockinettes, aswell as pre-formed plastic splints, air casts, CAM walking boots, cast shoes and sandals, slings and more.
Night splints are designed to continue the healing process while you sleep. These devices provide a gentle stretch to the affected muscles, tendons, and ligaments while immobilizing the affected area, promoting efficient recovery. Common uses include Achilles tendinopathy andplantar fasciitis.
Made in a variety of styles, shapes and materials like memory foam, fiber, and water-filled, orthopedic positioning pillows, leg spacers and cushions provide comfort while you sleep, in the car, or around the house.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What exactly is orthopedics?
Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that deals with trauma to the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. It also covers spine diseases, musculoskeletal infections, tumors, and sports injuries. Although also called orthopedic surgery, treatment can be nonsurgical as well. In that case, it involves the use of orthopedic supplies like ankle and foot braces, elastic bandages, back braces, splints, and even orthopedic footwear.
What are some common types of orthopedic injuries?
Orthopedic injuries can be broken down into fractures, sprains, dislocations, hernia, and overuse injuries. The most common injuries are ankle and foot sprains, stress and compression fractures, tennis elbow, dislocated shoulder, and ACL tears or strains. The list is completed by carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist fractures, torn meniscus, torn rotator cuff, and plantar fasciitis. Some of these injuries require surgical interventions, but most can be handled with painkillers and adequate orthopedic products like wrist braces, knee supports, elbow braces, or orthopedic pillows.
Why is orthopedics important?
Orthopedic surgeons and therapists help manage and treat bone, muscle, and joint pain. This is something that we all come across in our life multiple times and in various forms. In fact, orthopedic injuries are so common that some of the medical principles applied nowadays have been in use since primitive times. Ancient orthopedic equipment included splints to treat fractures, gypsum, poultices, and bandages. Some of these orthopedic products have made it into modern times and they still help us deal with the pain and increase our mobility.
What is the difference between orthopedics and orthotics?
Generally speaking, orthopedics is a branch of medicine dealing with the correction of the musculoskeletal system, while orthotics is a medical specialty that focuses on the design, manufacture, and application of orthoses. This is the generic name given to braces, splints, and other orthotic devices that help support the limbs or spine.
What are orthopedic shoes used for?
Orthopedic footwear can be mainly classified as cast shoes, orthopedic sandals, and orthotic shoes. Cast shoes are typically open-toed and they replace regular shoes after surgery or when recovering from an injury to the foot, ankle, or lower leg. Orthotic shoes help stabilize, support, and realign feet back to their natural position. They can also provide additional protection as part of post-operative procedures. Orthopedic sandals help you relax by gently massaging your feet when walking. Some designs are more fashion-forward, while others focus more on the benefits of reflexology. Reflexology sandals contain nodules that apply pressure to your soles in such a way that they help eliminate stress and reduce neck and shoulder tension.
What is an orthopedic brace?
Orthopedic braces are usually rigid medical devices that are meant to properly align, support, and protect bones, muscles, and joints after injury or trauma.
Ankle & Foot Braces: Ranging from lightweight elastic braces that help stabilize the ankle to more rigid ones designed for plantar fasciitis, foot fractures, ankle sprains, and soft tissue injuries.
Back Braces: Elastic braces usually provide lower back and abdominal support, while those that include moldable inserts are designed for extra support and protection after spinal surgery. Posture support braces help retrain the body to stand up straight and they are inconspicuous under most clothing.
Elbow Braces: Help treat painful conditions like tennis elbow or tendonitis.
Wrist Braces: Depending on material and design, they can be used for immobilizing injured thumbs, flexing fingers, supporting wrists with carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as for arthritis relief.
Neck Braces: Also known as cervical collars, they are usually made of foam, but tubular designs are preferred as they reduce heat retention.
Knee Supports: Ideal for jumper's knee, meniscal pain, and mild to moderate ACL tears, some can also be worn over clothing.
Do you need to have a prescription for orthotic devices or products?
Most orthotic products do not require a prescription. These include, but are not limited to, shoulder slings, finger and wrist splints, elastic or fabric abdominal supports, and over-the-counter inserts for extra comfort. Structural problems, however, must be addressed by professionals with custom-made orthotics that ensure a proper fit and functionality.
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