Do Not Let Soreness Sideline You

Exercising, daily activities, or sports may cause soreness, but should not cause pain. Ignoring sore muscles, aching joints, or stiff movements can lead to further damage. That does not mean; however, that minor soreness should result in watching rather than participating. Over-the-counter (OTC) tapes, splints, compression sleeves, and supports are designed to keep people moving when soreness strikes.


They are also excellent ways to add strength to a weak muscle group or joint, prevent an injury due to repetition, or protect a previous injury from resulting in a new one. This is why professional tennis players wear elbow supports, gymnasts tape their hands and fingers, and skiers can be seen with knee braces and supports. If the protection is sufficient for professional athletes, it will definitely be sufficient for junior leagues, high school sports, and backyard quarterbacks.

Select High-Quality Products

There are several high-quality products that are priced to be affordable. One example is Mueller braces and supports. The company pioneered sports medicine and has been in business since 1959. Cutting edge technology, working with professional athletes, and developing new materials are components that still make the company an industry leader.

Seek Recommendations When Unsure

People who are not sure what degree of support is needed, or what type of support to purchase when starting a new sports or exercise program can consult with their doctor. A consultation with a physical therapist will help as well. If worried about an old injury or a joint that has been operated on, ask the orthopedic surgeon for suggestions. If shopping at a pharmacy, the pharmacist may be able to provide selection assistance as well.

Measure the Body Part

Most OTC braces have sizes on the front, but also include the measurements that correspond with the sizing. This is important because sizing varies by manufacturer, body part, and degree of support. A brace for the knee that is marked large, for example, will not typically fit an overweight person. Even someone of a healthy weight may require a bigger size. The measurements are far more accurate than the size.

Know the Difference between Soreness and Pain

People who have always been active can usually recognize when a joint is sore, and when there is real pain present. People who are just beginning to be active may not be able to distinguish between the two. In that case, have a joint or muscle x-rayed or examined before resuming rigorous activities. A strain may only need a brace, while a torn tendon may require physical therapy or surgery.