Orthomed http://www.orthomed.ca/about Just another WordPress site Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:50:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ORTHOMED CANADA STATIC PROGRESSIVE STRETCH WITH MACKIE BRACES http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2013/11/orthomed-canada-static-progressive-stretch-with-mackie-braces/ http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2013/11/orthomed-canada-static-progressive-stretch-with-mackie-braces/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:31:01 +0000 http://www.orthomed.ca/about/?p=566 Perhaps you’ve recently had a traumatic injury. Or you’re still recovering from a surgery. Either way, if your joint has been immobilized for a period of time, your range of motion may not quite be what it used to be due to damaged tissues.

 Without proper rehabilitation, a lot of things in your life are going to be put on hold—including shooting that round of 85 on your favourite golf course.

 But this doesn’t have to be the way the cookie crumbles. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on a perfectly good opportunity to blow your friends out of the water, now would we?

 So if you’re tired of sucking it up, dealing with the pain and reining in your daily activities, here’s your permission slip to stop. There are so many orthopaedic devices out there that can get your range of motion back to what it was even faster than you’d think. You just need to find the right one for your situation.

 Consider this on your hunt for an orthopaedic device that’ll help you regain your range of motion…

 

STATIC PROGRESSIVE VS DYNAMIC STRETCHING

 Any of the products you’ll find on the market today utilize either static progressive stretch or creep based (dynamic) stretching.

 What’s the difference?

 Simply put, static progressive stretching gently stretches your tissues around the joint, and then as they relax, the stretch is intensified. Most static progressive stretch orthopaedic devices suggest a wearing time of 30 minutes, 3 times per day/per direction.

 On the flip side, dynamic stretching means that the limb is stretched to the best total end range for an extended period of time. Your joint will be held in a continuous stretched position which is usually maintained by a spring loaded type of device. Because this therapy requires a prolonged stretching time, this type of splint is usually worn overnight while you’re in slumber land.

 

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THE MACKIE BRACE

The Mackie Brace uses an innovative and adjustable hinge mounted on a rigid, non-contact frame. This design offers simple function, easy slip-on and rhino-strong construction.

The Mackie hinge mechanism is engineered to allow for smooth and countless positional settings. And because we all know there’s no truth to “one brace fits all”, the hinge adjustability allows you to control how much force is applied to achieve maximum results.

The Mackie Hinged Brace has the ability to be used in both flexion and extension. (Now we’re talkin’.) This can avoid the added expense of a second brace if you want to get some stretching action going on in both directions.

 

 PRESCRIBED PROTOCOLS

Your physician’s prescribed protocol will still give you room to play around with the settings, so you can adjust the intensity of the stretch you’re getting depending on your tolerances.

How you use the Mackie brace will depend on your specific situation. Some physicians may prefer to put you on a 30 minute, 3 times a day protocol, while others may prefer you to just wear the brace overnight. Either way, the Mackie brace can meet these requirements with gusto.

Mackie braces are available for wrist (flexion/extension), wrist (pronation/supination), elbow, knee and ankle.

For more info, have a look at the Mackie Brace line up  or hit us up for a free consultation if you’re interested in getting some expert advice on whether or not the Mackie brace is the best fit for your needs. 

 

 

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Self Knee Mould Kit http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2013/02/custom-knee-brace-information/ http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2013/02/custom-knee-brace-information/#comments Sun, 03 Feb 2013 18:03:45 +0000 http://www.orthomed.ca/about/?p=525 How it works

Custom bracing is a three step process.

1. Leg cast mould
The leg mold can be done by us (Area dependent) or by yourself with a helper using our In Home Casting Kit In Home Casting Kit

o The casting kit is shipped to you with all the materials and instructions.
o Step by step instructions with pictures to ensure you and your helper are able to create an accurate mold the first time.
o Cast tape
o Gloves 3 pair
o Scissor guide
o Scissors
o Sharpie marker
o Under cast stocking
o Pre paid return shipping label
o Original packaging for your return shipment

2. Mould to manufacturer/ brace production.

o 7 – 14 days depending on the brand of brace and your location (shipping time)

3. Brace fitting, care use and break in instructions

o Hands on or a self fitting we will guide you through and teach you proper application with step by step instructions provided with your brace, online videos and fitting brochures to ensure a proper fit and optimal support.
o Face Time, Skype and email with photos is something we have used as per client requests with great success. Cell phones and the internet have changed everything allowing us to provide care and answers to questions when it is convenient for you no matter where you are or where we are.

Feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments below, also you can  send us an email.

 

 

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Tough Mudder Success Story http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2012/11/tough-mudder-success-story/ http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2012/11/tough-mudder-success-story/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:27:48 +0000 http://www.orthomed.ca/about/?p=459
DonJoy OA Nano Knee Brace

Lee and Natalie pre race

 

Meet phys ed teacher, Lee Weismiller. He has serious guts. His version of fun is participating in the Tough Mudder competitions. Crazy, right? These hardcore 10-12 mile courses may take on a light tone with amusing obstacle names like “funky monkey” and “dirty ballerina”, but they certainly offer no place for the unmotivated. These badass events are all about testing an athlete’s mental grit, teamwork, stamina and strength to the extreme.

 

If I told you that Lee nailed the 17 kilometre challenge in Toronto this year after being involved in a tragic and life-changing accident, you probably wouldn’t believe me. But after dealing with pain for years on end, the support of an unloader OA knee brace  was all it took to get Lee back on his feet and back in the race.

 

 

 

The accident that took its toll…

Damaged Medial Surface

Intra operative photo showing the IM Nail (metal rod) in the Femur and the damaged articular surface on the medial side

On June 6, 2002, Lee was riding his motorcycle when he swerved to avoid a dog and veered off the road, striking a telephone pole. The resulting injuries included a complete displaced fracture of his left femur, a butterfly fracture of his tibia and some pretty nasty cartilage damage to his left knee. Four surgeries and an extensive bout of physiotherapy later, Lee was still dealing with pain on a daily basis and very little hope that he would be able to regain his previous level of functioning.

 

 

 

 

The difference of an OA knee brace…

OA Nano Knee Brace

Lee conquering another tough mudder obstacle

Just when Lee had learned to accept the limitations imposed on his active lifestyle by his injuries, he came to us and we found a way to change his luck for the better. Lee was determined to run the 2012 Tough Mudder competition in Toronto despite his pain, so we recommended a brace that would help relieve his knee of pressure on the damaged surface, reduce his discomfort, and offer the stability and support he’d need to reach peak performance. Lee noticed a difference in his mobility almost immediately and was able to complete the Tough Mudder challenge without any soreness during or after the race.

 “Currently, I’m signed up and ready to roll in the 2013 Tough Mudder events in Toronto and Montreal,” Lee reports, “and I owe it all to my brace which is still in tip-top shape!”

 

 

 

 

If you have further questions about how our broad range of innovative knee braces could benefit you, we’d love to help. You can learn more about our products you can request a free  in-home, in-office or online consultation.

 

 

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ICING DOWN WITH COLD THERAPY http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2012/08/icing-down-with-cold-therapy/ http://www.orthomed.ca/about/2012/08/icing-down-with-cold-therapy/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:50:51 +0000 http://www.orthomed.ca/about/?p=441 If you’re suffering from mild aches and pains, have recently sustained an injury or are recovering from surgery, even getting up off the couch to make a trip to the bathroom might seem like mission impossible.

The good news is – you don’t have to be out of commission for long with today’s advanced cold therapies. These easy-to-use devices offer a drug- free approach to pain management and inflammation, effectively kick - starting the healing process and preventing further injury so you can return to an active lifestyle in no time.

WHAT IS IT?
Long gone are the days of throwing a bag of frozen peas over a sprained knee. Cold therapy has evolved to lightweight wraps and pads which are designed to provide pneumatic compression and concentrated cold therapy for afflicted areas.

Cold Therapy

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
1. Pain relief
2. Reduced swelling
3. Decreased muscle spasm
4. Minimized injury
5. Diminished cell and tissue damage

WHY IT WORKS
It’s no secret – scientists have known for a long time about how a dip in core body temperature can help diminish pain and inflammation by reducing the amount of stress on our cells and tissues.

By cooling the surface of the skin and the underlying tissues, we can narrow the blood vessels. This is a process we call vasoconstriction. This helps to decrease the amount of blood going to the affected area which subsequently reduces swelling and pain.

As for cell death, when you’ve sustained an injury or are recovering after a surgical procedure, cell metabolism increases and our cells then require more oxygen. This creates a problem. Why? Damaged vessels are unable to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to the cells, nor adequately remove waste. When the oxygen requirements of our cells aren’t met, they die off and our injuries just keep getting worse.

Enter cold therapy. Icing the problem area can minimize the rate of cell death by slowing cell metabolism so not as much oxygen is needed. This ensures that the damage doesn’t progress and also ensures a speedier recovery. It’s simple and it works!

IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
Cold therapy can provide effective relief of pain, swelling and inflammation for many individuals. It’s ideal for use post-activity, post-surgery or post - injury to improve healing and rehabilitation.

If you’d like to find out more information about our services or products and get an expert opinion on whether or not cold therapy is the route for you, please get in touch with us today and we’d be happy to discuss your specific needs.

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