What are Braces?
Braces or splints are specifically designed devices that safely support an injured area in correct position to induce the healing process. Braces are comprised of specific material that provides warmth and compression to the affected joint and soft tissues. Bracing involves wrapping the specific brace or splint around the injured area as recommended by your physician.
How Does Bracing Help?
Braces are widely recommended for the management of injuries. Bracing plays an important role, both in prevention and therapeutic management. It helps to prevent further damage of the injured area, without affecting the daily activity of the person. Braces also are effective in healing muscular injuries, including damage to soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments.
The type of bracing depends upon the affected area (knee, wrist, and elbow etc.) and severity of the sports injury. Usually bracing will be more effective in treating mild to moderate injuries, rather than abrupt severe injuries.
For better recovery of injuries, bracing should be used along with physical therapy and strengthening exercises.