Custom Bracing/Compression Stocking

LifeSmart Physiotherapy Clinic carries braces that are off-the-shelf or custom-made.  LifeSmart physiotherapists can provide consultations to help you choose the right product for you.

Braces can be a good complement to physiotherapy rehabilitation, because it helps to restrict movements that can make your injury worse.  They are most common for treating injuries such as:

  • Tennis and golfers’ elbow
  • Wrist sprains / ligament tear
  • Ankle sprains / ligament tear
  • Knee sprain  / ligament tear – ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL
  • Low Back pain
  • Various thumb/finger injuries – skier’s thumb
  • Various knee injuries – patellofemoral pain syndrome, jumper’s knee, meniscus tear

Custom-made braces are fabricated based on precise measurements taken.  They are made to address specific dysfunctions, such as kneecap mal-tracking, post-operation, chronic sprains etc.  Because they are custom-made, the brace provides advanced support for joint instabilities, and often preferable for return-to-sports.  It is also superior for people who experience knee pain from osteoarthritis.
Custom-made braces are fully covered by most extended health insurance plans.

Visit us or call us today to ask how LifeSmart custom bracing can help you achieve your personal best!

What are compression stockings, and how can it help me?

Compression stocking is for you if you are in any of the following situations:

  • Currently pregnant
  • About to go on long-distance flight travel (or frequently travels long-distance)
  • Age over 40
  • Family history of venous circulation problems
  • Feels discomfort or tired in your legs
  •  Have swollen ankles and/or calves
  • Works at a job that is either primarily sitting or primarily standing
  • Recently had surgery

Compression stocking is a medical device used to improve the health of your venous circulation in your legs.  Venous circulation problems usually develop over time – use compression stockings to prevent these problems or to keep them from becoming worse.
SmartLife physiotherapists or chiropodists will meet with you to discuss your healthcare needs.  Therapists that are SIGVARIS – certified fitters will perform proper measurements and help you select appropriate products to meet your needs.  We will teach you how to properly wear and care for your new compression stockings.

Visit us or call us today to ask how LifeSmart compression stocking can help you achieve your personal best!

What are venous circulation problems?

Inside your veins, valves open and close to help blood flow in one direction, even from the legs back to the heart. Venous circulation problems occur when valves don’t work properly, and blood flows backwards.  This backflow can cause many complications, including:

  • Swelling – blood pools in the lower leg
  • Enlarged veins
  • Blood clots
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Venous Ulcers
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

How to compression stockings work?

Compression stockings are specifically constructed to apply gradient compression at measured intervals.  The highest amount of pressure is applied at the ankle, and gradually decreases up the length of the stocking.  This helps blood return to the heart.

Can I buy compression stockings on my own from my local drug store?

Compression stockings that are available off the shelf are considered less than medical-grade, and is only suitable for certain populations of people.  If you have a confirmed venous disorder, or you have symptoms listed above, you require medical-grade compression stocking that is specifically ordered just for you.

Will my insurance company cover the costs of my compression stockings?

Most insurance companies recognize the benefits of compression stockings, and have a special category just for them.  Depending on your insurance plan, you may have coverage for up to 4 pairs of compression stockings per year.  It is best to call your insurance company to ask for details on your coverage from your insurance plan.

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