Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Top Braces for Water Sports Injury Recovery

As we discussed in our last blog post, water can provide an ideal environment for sports therapy because it offers buoyancy, resistance and a variety of calming effects. We believe that one of the reasons so many of us are drawn to the water, whether it be ocean, lake or pool, is because of the many positive physical and psychological effects we experience when swimming or floating. For those with a bit more of an adventurous spirit, there are a variety of water sports available, such as waterskiing, wakeboarding or surfing. Adding a sports element to the mix adds to the fun and excitement but it also increases the risk for injury. If you are currently recovering from an injury sustained while surfing or skiing, you've likely been ordered to rest, compress and stabilize. We can help.

Ankle injuries are one of the most common watersports injuries, particularly for water skiers. Sprains occur during falls when the ligaments on the foot are stretched or torn as the foot is quickly turned inward our outward past the normal range of motion.  Symptoms of a sprain include swelling, pain, the inability to put weight on the affected foot, bruising and stiffness. It's important to see a doctor for a proper x-ray and examination because other foot injuries, such as a bone fracture, can exhibit similar symptoms.

The Thermoskin Ankle Defence Brace is designed to provide the rigid support you'll need after
sustaining a ligament injury. This brace provides support on both the medial and lateral side of the ankle, and uses stabilising straps to position your foot at a 90 degree angle, which prevents additional stress on the ligaments. This brace can comfortably be worn to bed and with shoes.

Knee sprains and strains can be very painful and can take long periods of time to heal. Your physician should properly diagnose your knee injury before you decide on a brace and any other supplemental treatment plan, since the some knee injuries will require surgery.
If you've suffered a knee sprain or strain, you'll likely experience pain, knee buckling, swelling and bruising, all of which can be alleviated with rest, compression and OTC painkillers.

The Thermoskin Thermal Knee Support Brace is designed to provide the support and protection you'll need while your knee takes time to heal.
This brace features an anatomical 3-piece design that's easy to wear day and night to prevent further injury from accidental twisting or hyperextension. The Trioxon lining captures your body's natural heat to help increase blood flow. Increased blood flow allows oxygen and vital nutrients to saturate damaged tissues, helping to speed up the healing process.

Shoulder pain in swimmers and surfers most commonly results from overuse of the rotator cuff. The
rotator cuff is made up of a group of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder, and repeated motions such as paddling on a surfboard can cause irritation and damage, which causes swelling and subsequently pain. If you have a rotator cuff injury, your pain might have come on suddenly and be acute. Rest and light stretching are vital in order to regain full motion from rotator cuff overuse.
The Thermoskin Shoulder Brace is an adjustable solution for tendon strains and shoulder instability. Its unique V-Stability System is designed to provide customizable support for either shoulder.

Neck injuries are by far the most dangerous of sports injuries, and any suspected injury to the neck must be properly diagnosed before treatment can be applied. If you've been diagnosed with a neck injury that can be treated at home, you're likely suffering from whiplash or wry neck. These types of injuries are caused by damage to the neck muscles, tendons or ligaments, and are commonly seen in wakeboard enthusiasts or surfers.

Neck injuries can occur in the water when your neck is pushed past its normal range of motion. A wry neck is normally characterized by unilateral pain and stiffness, which oftentimes results in the chin tilting to one side. Whiplash is characterized by tightness, tenderness and decreased range of motion. Both of these conditions greatly benefit from heat, massage, controlled stretching exercises and a neck brace designed to provide stability and limit range of motion.
The Thermoskin Neck Brace accomplishes this and in addition provides soothing heat and gentle compression. Its contoured design is available in six sizes to provide customized support without interfering with everyday activities.

Injuries from sports can affect anyone. Reduce your risk by ensuring you have the proper skills and training before attempting a new sport. Warm up muscles and stretch out after exercising, whether in water and on land. Whether in open water or in the pool, don't swim alone, and never swim or participate in water sports while impaired.


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