Unfortunately, most likely due to genetics, my lower back and my knees have been getting worse lately. To the point where I’m now researching what my options are. My dad has bad knees too so I think that’s where it comes from.
Anyways, my search landed me in the field of Orthotics, which basically deals with braces, splints, etc. Interestingly though, I’ve received my best information so far from a company all the way in Canada! Who would’ve thought an Orthotics company in Nanaimo would give me the information I was looking for!
Of course I won’t be traveling all the way to an Orthotics office in Nanaimo to have anything done. I don’t care how good they are! However, I was impressed by their level of service.
When I called, even though they knew I was in America and likely wouldn’t be a client, the secretary on the phone was still very helpful in pointing me in the right direction.
She said based off of what I told her, a Hinged Knee Brace would most likely be my best option and to continue looking into that. She also recommended something for my wrist too since my carpal tunnel gets bad sometimes.
I had never heard of Orthotics before but apparently the use of its types of products is very helpful to a lot of people, especially those with arthritis. They have something for just about every type of pain you can experience. Whether it’s your heel, leg, hip, arm, knee, wrist, elbow, etc.
The nice secretary from the Orthotics office in Nanaimo also recommended seeing a chiropractor. She said while Orthotics products are very helpful in reducing pain, you also want to focus on fixing the problem as well and not just dealing with the pain.
She also said I need to find a Certified Pedorthist, which is a professional that specializes in modifying footwear. Apparently the shoes you where have a pretty significant impact on your back as well!
Having the proper footwear is one of those small things that can make a big difference, so I’ll be looking into that as well.
So my homework now is to find a Certified Pedorthist, look into getting a Hinged Knee Brace, and also finding a Chiropractor in my area. Fortunately the Orthotics company in Nanaimo was extremely helpful in pointing me in the right direction so I know what to look for now.
We’ll see what happens now!