Durable medical equipment (DME) braces come in many forms, some of which are highly advanced forms of treatment and support for musculoskeletal problems. Expert physiatrist Dr. Javier Placer, MD, and his team at Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group in Clermont and Orlando, Florida, have considerable experience in using DME braces to help patients with joint pain, connective-tissue damage, and sports injuries. Find out more by calling Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group today or booking an appointment online.
DME Braces Q & A
What are DME braces?
DME is short for durable medical equipment. Durable means long-lasting, so DME braces are supports that are reusable and designed to last for many months or even years. Medicare typically covers the cost of most DME braces.
Braces help support parts of your body when you suffer musculoskeletal injuries. Sometimes they’re used to support internal organs. For example, if you have an inguinal or groin hernia, you might need an abdominal DME brace to support the repaired tissues while they heal.
Using a DME brace is a safe, effective, and noninvasive way to help you cope with chronic pain and recover from injury without always needing to use strong prescription pain medication.
When would I need to use DME braces?
DME braces strengthen weakened joints and tissues, making it possible to use the injured area. This reduces any disabling effects of having an injury and also helps the healing process. Being able to do physical therapy with the help of a DME brace can speed up your recovery and prevent any lasting effects from a musculoskeletal injury.
Conditions that typically benefit from DME bracing include:
- Knee cap injuries
- Sports injuries
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Muscle strains
- Bulging discs
- Dislocated shoulders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
DME braces are also beneficial in preventing sports injuries, so if you play sports or do any vigorous physical activity, you might need to wear a DME brace to protect your joints and muscles.
What kinds of DME braces are there?
There are many different types of DME braces available to suit different parts of your body and provide varying degrees of support.
Softer supports made from materials like neoprene are ideal for comfortably supporting muscles and joints when you want to protect yourself from injury or have a mild muscle strain.
DME braces can also be rigid for more severe injuries or postoperative care. These might be made of stiffer but still flexible materials or come with hinges to enable you to move more freely. They can be made of plastic or a light metal like aluminum to reduce the weight and avoid putting stress on your joints and muscles.
If you need a DME brace, Dr. Javier Placer, MD, can talk you through the options and recommend the most suitable device for your condition. Find out more about DME braces by calling Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group today or booking an appointment online.