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Supports and Braces at Walgreens

Whether you're an athlete, a fitness enthusiast or recovering from an accident, injury or surgery, you may need to take steps to protect your joints, bones or muscles. A variety of supports and braces are available to help you protect yourself during your everyday activities or training and competition. If your doctor has recommended the use of a brace or support, you are sure to find the perfect solution to meet all of your needs at Walgreens.

Braces for Support and Protection

Braces are special supports that are worn over a joint. In some cases, braces may be worn to prevent an injury. For example, athletes may wear knee or ankle braces to avoid overextending or otherwise damaging the joint tissue while they're practicing or competing. Other times, braces are worn to limit mobility of the joint in order to help it heal, such as a neck brace worn after an auto accident to help the neck recover from whiplash. Your doctor may also recommend a brace to alleviate discomfort from a chronic condition like osteoarthritis. Whether you're purchasing a brace for your knee, ankle, wrist, neck, back or another part of your body, you'll need to be certain that you select the right size in order to be sure that the brace provides adequate support.

Compression Stockings for Poor Circulation

Many people suffer from poor circulation due to medical conditions and injuries. If you're experiencing swelling, aching or a feeling of heaviness in your legs, your doctor may recommend compression stockings to address your symptoms. These special compression stockings and hosiery products exert pressure on the legs, allowing blood to move more freely to the extremities. In some cases, compression stockings may be recommended for people who are at risk for blood clots as well.

Splints and Slings for Injuries

Following an injury like a dislocation, fracture or sprain, keeping a limb or joint immobilized may be necessary to promote healing, reduce the chances of worsening the injury and alleviate pain and discomfort. Slings and splints are two different types of first aid supplies that can be used to reduce mobility. Slings are typically used for injuries of the arms and work by cradling the effected limb. Splints are most often utilized for the wrists, hands and fingers. In some cases, your doctor may suggest that you use both a sling and a splint following an injury.

Tapes and Wraps for Athletes

Support wraps are primarily designed for athletes that are frequently training and competing. They are often recommended by athletic trainers for reducing pain and inflammation that occurs due to exercise. Support wraps include various types of bandages and tapes that are wrapped around the affected joint.

Before using any type of brace, splint, sling, tape or wrap to address an injury, you should be evaluated by a doctor. Some injuries may require special treatment to ensure proper healing. Always use supports and braces as directed by your physician to ensure best results and to properly protect your body.

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