Thigh & Leg
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does a thigh compression sleeve do?
A thigh compression sleeve is designed to reduce pain and provide support to your thigh muscles. It is usually used in case of an injury, such as a hamstring or quad injury, to aid in muscle recovery. They are also used during training to provide added support.
Because compression helps keep the muscles and tendons tightly in place, the impact of physical activity on them is minimalized. Blood circulation also increases when the muscles are compressed, which promotes faster healing with less discomfort.
How long should you wear a thigh compression sleeve?
While there is no fixed amount of time to wear a compression sleeve, as a general rule of thumb, consider taking it off while sleeping after wearing it all day. This is because compression puts a strain on your blood circulation system.
While your body is moving, blood circulates faster; when at rest, however, it may not be able to manage the effect of the compression sleeve. Therefore, it is ideal for removing the thigh compression sleeve after 6-8 hours of continuous use unless prescribed otherwise by a medical health professional.
What do thigh braces do?
Thigh braces are devices designed to provide support, compression, and stability to the upper leg including the hamstring, groin, and quadriceps muscles. Thigh braces are ideal to use for conditions like muscle strains or pulls and following surgery to repair torn ligaments and tendons or broken bones in the upper leg.
A brace to the thigh not only provides support to the muscle to prevent re-injury and further inflammation but also increases circulation due to compression, which helps promote more efficient healing. However, even the best thigh brace only provides a moderate amount of compression and shouldn’t be used in lieu of a compression sleeve. If you need something more robust, it may be best to look at other lower extremity orthopedic supplies to find something more suitable for your injury.
How do I wrap a thigh strain or injury?
Once an injury occurs, cease all activity and stop putting pressure on the affected muscles, ligaments, bones, joints, or tendons. Then apply a compression bandage like a thigh wrap, a thigh compression sleeve, a thigh brace, or even a simple elastic bandage. A range of orthopedic supplies is available to accommodate almost any injury.
Compression will speed up blood circulation; more blood to the cells means faster healing. Compression will also minimize swelling and decrease pain and stiffness in the injured thigh muscles. Start by wrapping the bandage from below the injury, working your way up to a point slightly above the injury site. The bandage should be as tight as possible, without hindering blood circulation.
What causes pain in your thigh muscles?
Muscle strain or injury occurs when they are stretched beyond their limits, creating tears in the muscle fibers. The hamstring and quadriceps muscles are especially susceptible to injury during high-speed and impact activities.
Pain in your thigh muscles can also be caused by working out without properly warming up, stretching first, or in over-trained muscles. If you think you have strained or pulled a muscle, healthcare professionals or physical therapists may recommend an upper thigh brace to help stabilize the affected muscles and provide extra support.
What types of thigh orthoses are available without a prescription?
An orthosis is any device designed to provide support and protection to a limb, promote bone and joint alignment, and improve the joint’s functionality. There are many different types of thigh orthoses available on Allegromedical.com, including high-quality thigh compression sleeves like the Universal Thigh Wrap. You can also find a Hip Abduction Orthosis with a Thigh Component which is designed to help with non-operable hip problems that need relief from pain and discomfort.
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