What are the Different Kinds of Orthopedic Supports?

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Orthopedic supports come in different types, designed for various parts of the body. Some of the different types of orthopedic supports include the orthopedic pillow and orthopedic brace, as well as cervical collars for neck injuries. There are orthopedic cushions designed to help relieve pressure on the back while the user is driving or sitting in a chair. Support for the feet may be in the form of orthopedic foot supports that are made as inserts for standard shoes. Specially designed orthopedic shoes are also an option.

Basically, any type of aid to help support the back or various joints of the knees, ankles, feet, and arms can be considered orthopedic support. Medical supply stores specializing in orthopedic braces and similar products typically carry an extensive selection for various orthopedic needs. Some of the most common types of orthopedic supports are lumbar support cushions and back braces. These are designed to help patients recover from back injury and surgery, or to prevent injury while doing physical work.

Back braces are often constructed of elastic material, which allows for conformity to a person's individual body shape. Most of these feature a closure that fastens with hooks, although some have Velcro® fasteners. These are typically worn by individuals with back problems, such as strains, pulled muscles, and other issues. In certain types of work, employees are required to wear back braces to help prevent injuries.


Specially designed pillows are one of the common orthopedic supports used to help promote better sleep. Many people suffering from neck and back problems choose to use these orthopedic supports to help keep the neck properly positioned and the spine correctly aligned. Many of these orthopedic pillows are curved to fit the natural arch of the neck and alleviate pressure.

Knee braces are orthopedic supports designed for patients recovering from knee surgery or knee injuries. These are designed to provide stabilization, while supporting the joints to help prevent further injury. Healing is encouraged by compressing the injured area. Some knee braces are adjustable as well.

Orthopedic supports for the ankles and feet come in various forms. Arch supports and support for the heel of the foot are inserts that typically slide into most any pair of shoes. Some of these are gel-cushioned material and many are made from a type of memory foam. Walking boots of various lengths may also be used for orthopedic purposes.

Post-operative orthopedic shoes are made for patients recovering from foot surgery. These may come in low-profile or high-top boot style. Some shoes feature open toes and others have open heels, each designed for special needs. These shoes can typically be purchased at a medical supply store or from an orthopedic supply company.


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@ysmina-- Yea, you can use an orthopedic seat cushion. You just have to put it on your seat and sit on it. It protects the spine and also prevents the tailbone from receiving too much weight and pressure. You should find that your tailbone pain is relieved after using it for some days.

I have a desk job and I sit far too long in the day. I have back pain and tailbone pain as a result. But an orthopedic seat cushion has helped considerably. You might also want to purchase an orthopedic chair for the office. There are ones that encourage the individual to sit up straight.

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Is there an orthopedic support equipment for tailbone pain due to sitting? What can I use for this?

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I wear an orthopedic brace for my knee. I have injured my knee in the past and it's always problematic when I'm active. I love to exercise so I have a hard time staying away from activity.

My knee brace makes life much easier for me. It supports my knee but still gives me enough room to move as I want. I think I have avoided injury so far thanks to my brace.

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