The Medicare Bracing Blog

Elite Medical Supply is a national provider of back, knee and extremity bracing products covered by Medicare. We're constantly sharing insights to help Medicare beneficiaries and providers with important information about bracing.

What’s The Difference Between a Herniated Disc and a Bulging Disc?

What’s The Difference Between a Herniated Disc and a Bulging Disc?

Vertebral discs function as cushions for the spine's vertebrae. They are made up of an exterior layer of tough cartilage (annulus) surrounding the softer center (nucleus pulposus). You may imagine...

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How to Manage Patella Instability with a Knee Brace

How to Manage Patella Instability with a Knee Brace

Patellar instability refers to a range of injuries that occur when the kneecap or patella is displaced from its normal resting place. A common cause of patella instability is a traumatic...

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Importance of Exercise to Minimize the Progression of Osteoarthritis

Importance of Exercise to Minimize the Progression of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of arthritis affecting over 30 million people in the United States. This condition occurs due to degenerative wear and tear of the protective tissue or cartilage that...

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Use the Right Back Brace to Manage or Maintain a Herniated Disc

Use the Right Back Brace to Manage or Maintain a Herniated Disc

Does wearing a back brace relieve pain associated with a herniated disc? Yes. Studies show that wearing a back brace can  provide short-term relief from back pain. While a back brace won't cure...

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All You Need to Know About the Use of a Back Brace for Back Pain Treatment

All You Need to Know About the Use of a Back Brace for Back Pain Treatment

It is estimated that about 80% of adults suffer from back pain and back-related complications. Back pain may stem from accidents, muscle strain caused by heavy lifting or poor mechanics,...

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Does Medicare Provide Coverage For a Back Brace?

Does Medicare Provide Coverage For a Back Brace?

Medicare will generally cover a back brace when deemed medically necessary by your doctor. This is important for people suffering from spinal pain because a back brace is a viable option to treat...

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What Does An Osteoarthritis Knee Brace Do?

What Does An Osteoarthritis Knee Brace Do?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that causes cartilage within the joints to break down which can result in pain during movement of the joint and inflammation. Even though OA does not currently...

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Different Types of ACL Knee Braces and How They Work

Different Types of ACL Knee Braces and How They Work

According to the CDC, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries affect as many as 250,000 people in the United States every year.  A tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament is one of the...

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Does Medicare Provide Coverage For a Knee Brace?

Does Medicare Provide Coverage For a Knee Brace?

Medicare will generally cover a knee brace when deemed medically necessary by your doctor. This is important for people suffering from knee pain because a knee brace is a viable option to treat...

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Explaining Proper Medical Record Documentation

Explaining Proper Medical Record Documentation

Proper medical record documentation practices are learned skills.  Reasons for the lack of documentation include misunderstandings of what, when, how, and why to document.  Carriers and their...

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