Chicago Pain Relief, PC
Shivani Chadha, MD
Interventional Pain Management & Anesthesiologist located in Willowbrook, IL
Used in conjunction with injections and other restorative therapies, bracing can support your knee, back, or neck as your body repairs itself. Shivani Chadha, MD, an interventional pain management specialist at Chicago Pain Relief in Willowbrook, Illinois, offers women and men in Chicagoland specialty braces to relieve their pain and keep their joints stabilized. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Bracing Q & A
Why would I need a brace?
Knee, back, and neck braces can help keep you more comfortable and give you peace of mind, knowing that you won’t re-injure yourself by moving the wrong way.
Bracing provides extra support, stabilizes a specific joint, and minimizes pain by restricting movement in the affected area. Dr. Chadha may prescribe a medical brace after a spinal injury or to help relieve chronic lower back pain.
Since she takes a comprehensive approach to relieve your pain and discomfort while restoring your body's healthiest possible condition, Dr. Chadha sometimes recommends bracing along with injections. Bracing your back, neck, or knee after you’ve had an injection in the area provides added stability as you heal.
What types of back braces are available?
Depending on your specific condition, Dr. Chadha recommends a brace that supports a particular part of your spine. You can wear a brace on any part of your spine, from your neck to your lower back, including cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral braces.
Some bracing options provided by Dr. Chadha include:
- Rigid cervical (neck) braces: keep your head and neck in proper position
- Thoracic braces: restrict movement in your upper back
- Lumbar braces: support your lower back and can be rigid or flexible
There are many braces available, and Dr. Chadha prescribes one that’s customized for your body and condition.
How do knee braces work?
Knee braces can keep your knee from bending, prevent rotation, or add extra support to a weakened joint. If you have a chronic condition that causes knee pain and limits your activity, like osteoarthritis, a knee brace can keep your joint stable, especially if you also receive joint injections to promote healing.
Dr. Chadha may prescribe a rehabilitative knee brace to immobilize an unstable joint. This type of brace extends from your upper thigh down to your calf to protect ligaments as they heal, and you won’t be able to bend your knee with this type of brace.
Another rehabilitative brace, the ACL brace, keeps your anterior cruciate ligament from twisting or extreme knee rotation. An ACL brace is common among athletes after surgery or a severe ACL injury. The type of knee brace you may need depends on your condition and treatments.
Call Chicago Pain Relief or schedule a consultation with online booking to learn more about the neck, back, and knee bracing for chronic pain conditions.