Dunbar Medical is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to be the official supplier of medical products to the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Toronto Rock. As the official supplier, Dunbar Medical will be responsible for providing the Toronto Rock with the medical equipment and supplies needed to keep their players in peak condition and to ensure their rapid and complete recovery from any injuries they may experience. Continue reading
The ankle is one of the most commonly injured parts of the human body. Ankle injuries can range from mild irritations to severe, debilitating injuries. When functioning properly, the ankles support 1.5 times your weight when you are walking or standing, and eight times your weight when running. They allow the feet to move up and down, creating the fluid motions of walking or running.Knowing how to care for your ankle and maintain healthy ankles is of the utmost importance for any athlete. We discuss below four sports in which ankle injuries are most common and the benefits of ankle braces for athletes in each sport.
Elbow Injuries can affect athletes in a wide range of sports and often plague those who only engage in recreational physical activity. They can even sometimes be the result of conditions not related to intense physical activity. Elbow injuries can be very difficult to recover from and require lots of rest, attention to physiotherapy and dedication to other recovery methods in order to get the joint back to full health. An elbow brace can make the recovery process more effective and is often a critical tool used to supplement other methods of pain relief and recovery. When used correctly, orthopaedic elbow braces can go a long way to ensuring you get back to full health quicker while also decreasing the risk of reinjuring the joint.
With the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) being one of four major ligaments in the knee, a proper knee support can help in recovery from ACL reconstruction surgery and is a recommended way to provide extra stability to the knee, give it time to heal and prevent further injury. Wearing a knee support after ACL surgery helps to control the motion of the knee joint and limits the range of motion around the knee, thus putting less load on the ACL. Patients generally find that psychologically, more than empirically, an ACL knee brace can help them maintain better balance.
When it comes to treating pain or injury, heat and cold are among the most tried and tested methods. While medical technology has made leaps and bounds in recent decades, many treatments for some of the most common injuries include using either heat, cold or a combination of the two. However, many people are tempted to use heat therapy and cold therapy as silver bullets, cure alls for any type of pain at any time. This incorrect assumption can lead to an inefficient healing process at best and an even more debilitating injury at worst. Here are a few tips on how to use heat therapy and cold therapy in the proper way to treat an injury.
The first 24 hours after a sports injury is the most critical time for an athlete. How you react and treat a sprain, tear, pull or any other muscle or joint damage in the first day can set the tone for the entire period of recovery after injury. It can determine whether you make a speedy return to the field or endure a lengthy stint on the sidelines. If you are looking for some essential advice on these key few hours immediately after an injury, we have outlined four important steps that you should always remember.
Athletic taping is the practice of applying tape with compression qualities to certain parts of the body to stabilize the relative positions of bones and soft tissue structures (muscles, ligaments) during athletic activity. Athletic tape, of which there are several different varieties, can serve diverse purposes and can be used by athletes or active individuals at several points during injury recovery, rehabilitation, training and competition.
Meniscus tears are some of the most commonly experienced knee injuries among athletes, particularly those who play contact sports. However, anyone at any age can experience a torn meniscus. The meniscus functions as a “shock absorber” for your knee, cushioning the joint and keeping it stable. Meniscus tears can happen during sports when a player twists awkwardly from contact or when pivoting sharply or making a hard landing. Symptoms of a torn meniscus include feeling a “pop” in the knee, pain, stiffening and swelling in the joint, a “locking” feeling in the knee, the sensation that it is “giving way”, and decreased range of motion. In addition to wearing a knee brace for a meniscus tear, treatment can include rest, ice, compression, elevation, rehabilitation and physiotherapy and, depending on the severity, surgery.
Compression shorts are form-fitting garments with bands of sturdy fabric that are usually worn by athletes to support the major muscles in the leg. This support provides several benefits to athletes looking to take their performance to the next level. To explain how compression shorts work, we have highlighted several of these benefits below, including the science behind them and how athletes can take advantage of them to maximize performance.
Ankle instability is the condition associated with weak ligaments in the upper foot leading to the ankle frequently buckling when weight is applied, often when running or walking on uneven surfaces. In some cases, this can happen when you are simply standing. There are a variety of treatments that can be used to correct and manage this condition, including medication, physical therapy and exercise, and wearing an ankle brace for instability.
Graduated compression is a typical and extremely effective way of managing and recovering from a variety of accidents and chronic diseases associated with the flow of blood from the lower extremities. Problems that may be addressed through graduated compression include varicosities, lymphedema, venous eczema and ulceration, deep vein thrombosis, post-thrombotic syndrome, shin splints, calf cramps/strains, and Achilles tendonitis. In this post, we will answer the question “How Does Graduated Compression Work?” and clarify how graduated compression stockings and socks work to manage and relieve these afflictions.