I haven't posted here in a while -- I injured myself badly about a month ago. Just moments after leaving my doctor's office, I took a few steps out of his door... and heard a POP! and felt a horrifying crunch as my knee gave way.
I ripped my MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament). I've never felt anything like it in my life. Giving birth didn't hurt that much.
I wore a 'soft' knee brace for a few days but it didn't help much. However, after speaking with the folks at VIVE Health, they very generously sent my their knee brace. What a difference!
The Vive Universal Knee Brace is the best brace I have ever found. It's strong and sturdy. Fully adjustable to fit comfortably and offer maximum support. My legs are short and round, so the ability to adjust the brace is very important. I am able to wear the brace over long jeans and under shorts -- very versatile support.
The brace is an open-patella design which keeps the knee stable and keeps the brace from slipping. The neoprene is lightweight, breathable and helps cushion the knee to keep it from further injury.
This is a brace that I highly recommend. I wear it daily and will ALWAYS keep it close. I know all to well now that once the MCL is damaged, it's easy to re-injure it. I also know I have another two months (at least) of wearing a brace. I'm just glad to know that I have a brace I can rely on to protect my knee and keep it stable.
And that, my friends, is just the first issue that's kept my away. I am experiencing issues with my right (dominant) hand. The doctor says I may be developing "Trigger Finger". I already have arthritis in that hand. So... Vive Health directed me to their Arthritis Compression Gloves.
Not only are they beautifully crafted, but they really work! They are snug, but not too tight. The compression technology acts like a massage: soothes and warms fingers, hands, and wrists. The gloves also increases blood circulation.
For someone who is at the early stage of finger damage, these gloves make a tremendous difference. I am having fewer instances of my finger "locking" into a bent position. I can't tell you what a relief that is to me.
The open-finger design allows the wearer to perform most tasks without a loss of dexterity. That's very important to me as I am on the keyboard daily. There is minimal stitching on the glove as well so no irritation!
This is such a great pair of compression gloves. So many different uses for them. My youngest daughter is ALWAYS cold -- so these will help her stay much warmer this winter. Happy Husband has requested a pair as he also suffers with arthritis and he works outside. Warmth and soothing compression will be a blessing for him.
And last, but not least, are the Vive Toe Separators. When I saw these, I knew they would be beneficial for my eldest daughter. She was born with Spina Bifida and her toes are bent and inflexible.
We're hoping that, as she uses the separators, she will gain more flexibility and ease the pain she suffers. As her toes straighten and stretch, her blood circulation will increase.
The Toe Separators are made of an extra-soft gel for comfort and functionality. Easy to clean, easy to store, and portable.
I am very impressed with Vive Health and the many medical products they offer. Their customer service is helpful, concerned, and genuinely happy to help.
If you have a need to medical accessories, Vive Health is your one-stop shop.
You may connect with Vive Health on their website and social media pages: Facebook, YouTube, and @vivehealthusa on Twitter.
Vive Health has very generously offered one of my readers a $50 Gift Card! Isn't that fantastic? Your chance to purchase an item that will give aid and comfort to you or a loved one.
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