Painful or injured joints often benefit from support aids to either help healing or prevent the repetitive motion that’s causing you pain. New materials and innovative designs in orthopedic care have replaced the traditional ace bandage wrap and are more durable for long-term use. Orthopedic products are, first and foremost, tailored to specific bodyparts, such as the wrist, knee and ankle. Within most categories of orthopedic supplies, you’ll find different materials to choose from, like conforming neoprene. Each orthopedic product may be uniquely sized, so it’s important to take your measurements exactly as the manufacturer outlines.
Here are just a few of the choices available in orthopedic supplies:
Foot and ankle braces and other ankle supports. Look for an ankle brace that offers gentle compression, like the Invacare Neoprene Ankle Support that provides warmth, flexibility and support. Another option is a sleeve, like the Thermoskin Ankle Sleeve that also offers thermal properties to aid in the rehabilitation of ankle and Achilles tendon injuries.
Arm and elbow supports. There are many orthopedic products to help with tennis elbow, like the band support of the Invacare Vinyl Tennis Elbow Support with a loop-lock closure that makes it easy to put on. For a slip-on with a tapered fit, there’s the  Neoprene Tennis Elbow Sleeve with a loop-lock tension strap that applies pressure to muscles of the forearm.
Hand and wrist supports. Arthritis gloves provide warmth and compression to decrease the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and overuse injuries. Invacare Carpal Tunnel Wrist Support has duo-tension elastic to provide varied tension around the palm and wrist area. Sportaid Neoprene Thumb Support offers for warmth and comfort yet allows for good grip. It’s flexible to keep the thumb in a neutral position.
Knee braces, straps and wraps. Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap applies pressure on the tendons above and below the knee to help reduce subluxation, improve tracking and elevation, lessen the forces of the quadriceps and reduce the erosion of the undersurface of the kneecap. Like its name says, the Universal Knee Wrap wraps around the knee and reinforces the patella for additional support.
Back supports. Wraps, sport belts and hip shields are among the choices for protecting the torso. The Thermoskin Lumbar Support provides pain relief and compression for muscle injuries and general lower back dysfunctions, injuries to the lumbar discs and the sacroiliac joint. It has 2 internal, flexible metal stays for support and adjustable elastic side straps. It captures body heat and increases blood flow while allowing skin to breathe. The All Elastic Duo Adjustable Back Support provides excellent abdominal and lumbar support with duo-tension straps that let you customize compression and support. Flexible stays help prevent rolling and provide additional support.