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Bracing

Did you know that the term "orthotic" comes from the Greek word "ortho", which means to straighten or align?

While most people associate orthotics with the feet only, the word can be used to define devices made to support or align any part of the body. So, as orthotists, we also specialise in the fitting and manufacturing of a wide range of braces for the upper and lower body.

Why would someone be prescribed a brace?

Usually, a brace is fitted to a joint or body segment for the purposes of:

  • Preventing an injury
  • Aiding rehabilitation after an injury
  • Controlling, limiting or immobilising one or more joints of the body
  • Reducing pain caused by particular joint movements
  • Assisting movement
  • Correcting the shape and function of body segments


What kinds of braces are available?

The Orthotic Clinic can fit prefabricated or fully custom-made braces made from a variety of materials. Some of the more commonly prescribed braces include ankle, knee, wrist, finger/hand, elbow, neck and shoulder braces. Rigid spinal bracing and corsets are also available.
  

What conditions are often treated with bracing?

Where to start? There are multitude of conditions where a correctly prescribed and fitted brace can improve a person's quality of life. Some of which include:  

 

  • Chronic ankle instability

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome of the wrist

  • Degenerative joint diseases (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis)

  • Ligament injuries of the knees and ankles

  • Bowlegged or "Knock-kneed" alignment

  • Scoliosis, Kyphosis and other spinal alignment deficiencies

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Post-Polio Syndrome

  • Spina Bifida

  • Disc herniation

  • Temporary or permanent muscle inactivity following stroke

  • Fractures

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