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Here at South Simcoe Physiotherapy clinics in Alliston and Tottenham, we offer a custom orthopaedic bracing service. We offer a wide range of braces for individuals suffering from tennis elbow, back pain to knee osteoarthritis. With each brace, the physiotherapist will take specific measurements to determine which brace will suit you best.


What is custom bracing?

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Orthopaedic custom bracing refers to braces or supports that are specifically designed and tailored to meet an individual’s needs. Typically, the brace is used to provide pain relief, support, stability, and added protection to a weak or injured joint or muscle. Custom bracing is beneficial for a wide range of body parts and conditions. Depending on your condition the brace will be custom-made based on measurements and specifications taken by your physiotherapist.

What are some conditions that will benefit from custom bracing?

ankle brace at Alliston physio clinic
  • Sports Injuries: custom bracing can help both recreational and high-level athletes recover from injuries and return to sports quicker and safer
    • Common sports injuries that bracing helps with:
      • Ligament injuries (i.e. knee ACL, ankle sprains)
      • Tendonitis
      • Fractures
      • Joint instabilities
  • Arthritis: arthritis is a quite common condition, which can have significant impacts on an individual’s life. Custom bracing can help to reduce pain, swelling, and improve stability
    • Here at South Simcoe Physiotherapy we have specific custom knee braces for knee osteoarthritis
  • Post-surgical: after an orthopaedic surgery, custom braces are often used to immobilize a joint, promote proper healing and prevent excessive movement that could hinder recovery. This is commonly used after joint replacements, ligament repairs, and fractures.
  • Back pain: custom lumbar braces can help to provide support and stabilization to individuals suffering from back pain.
    • Common back pain injuries that bracing helps with:
      • Herniated discs
      • Spinal stenosis
      • Degenerative disc disease
      • Lumbar muscle strains
    • Foot and ankle disorders: custom braces for foot and ankles can help to address conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ankle instability and other foot deformities

 Traumatic Injuries: a custom brace may benefit an individual who has suffered a traumatic injury such as fractures, dislocations and other soft tissue injuries

  • Other:
    • Tennis elbow
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Wrist sprains
    • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
    • Patellar dislocations and dysfunctions
    • Chronic swelling
    • Sacroiliac joint pain

What are the benefits of custom bracing?

tennis elbow brace fitting Alliston physio clinic

Custom bracing has many advantages, but to sum it up:

  1. Customization

Custom braces are tailored to the individual to provide a precise fit. This includes taking in to account the uniques of the individuals body part, as well as ensuring the brace fits optimally an comfortably.

2. Targeted support

A custom brace will be designed to provide targeted support and stabilization to a specific area of the body that needs it. This will be important for injuries or conditions that require a specific pressure distribution.

3. Stabilization

For certain conditions, stabilization will be the main focus. Therefore, having a brace that is custom for you will allow the proper amount of stability for that body part.

4. Improved proprioception

Proprioception refers to our ability to recognize our movements in space. A custom brace will help provide proprioceptive feedback to that body part, and help make us aware of specific movements we are making.

5. Improved Compliance

A custom brace is fitted to you to maximize comfort as well as match your lifestyle. With that being said, we are much more inclined to wear something that fits comfortably. And if we are wearing the brace more, we will be enhancing treatment outcomes and speeding up recovery.

6. Long-term durability

Custom braces are typically made from high quality materials that are durable and made to last longer. Depending on your lifestyle and use for the brace, your physiotherapist will recommend a specific brace to match.

7. Prevent further injury

By providing targeted support, stability, proprioception and protection, a custom brace can help to prevent further injury to a damaged joint, muscle or other soft tissue structures. They can also help to optimize biomechanics, reducing the risk of overuse injuries.

What to expect when getting a custom brace?

running with a knee brace from Alliston physio clinic

It is important for the assessment and measurements for a custom brace to be made by a trained healthcare professional. Here at South Simcoe Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are trained for brace fitting. The typical process for getting a custom brace involves.

1. Assessment: the physiotherapist will obtain a health history review to ensure you are a proper candidate for a brace. They will then assess your condition by potentially looking at your gait, mobility, flexibility and strength.

2. Measurements: depending on the specific brace, the physiotherapist will take specific measurements to ensure a proper fit.

3. Design/selection: depending on your condition, the physiotherapist may send off your measurements to a manufacturer or fit you in a brace we have in stock.

4. Fitting: if the brace is being manufactured, once it is received a brace fitting appointment will be scheduled. The physiotherapist will ensure the brace fits appropriately, and you are able to perform the functions you need to (i.e. walk, stairs, bend forward)

If you are suffering from an injury and think a brace may be beneficial contact our clinic today for more information on braces and custom knee braces.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is physiotherapy?

Simply stated, physiotherapy is the treatment of deficits and disease without the use of medications. Physiotherapy is useful for the majority of injuries and ailments one might suffer. The goal of our physiotherapists is to reduce your symptoms and allow you to return to function in a timely manner. If you are unsure if your condition is appropriate for physiotherapy, please feel free to contact us.

How do I pay for your services?
We accept cash, cheque, and debit as forms of payment (sorry no credit cards). It is expected that you pay at the end of your session, at which time you will be provided with an invoice. If you have insurance, you can then submit the invoice to your insurer for reimbursement.
Does OHIP cover physiotherapy?
No, unfortunately physiotherapy was de-listed in 2005. Some Designated Physiotherapy Centres remain (which can bill through OHIP), though the locations and availability are limited, and there are very strict regulations on who qualifies for this type of treatment.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to come and see you?
No, you do not. As primary health care practitioners, we often see people prior to them seeing their doctor. Please note that some insurance companies still require a doctor’s referral prior to reimbursing you for physiotherapy services.
What do I need to wear for my assessment?
It is important for your physiotherapist to be able to view the area that they are treating. Typically it is safe to assume that athletic shorts and a t-shirt would be appropriate, though in some cases a tank top, sports bra etc. may be required. It is also important that you are comfortable in your assessment, so if you are not, please let us know.
Will my private insurance cover the cost of this treatment?
All of our treatments are provided by regulated Physiotherapists, so if your insurance covers physiotherapy, you should be covered. Each individual plan varies in terms of types and amounts of coverage, so if you are concerned it might be best to contact your insurer.
What if my injuries are as a result of a motor vehicle accident or workplace injury?
At South Simcoe Physiotherapy we do treat people who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents (MVA). If you are booking an initial assessment as a result of a MVA, here is some of the information we will need:

  • Date of accident
  • Claim number
  • Adjuster’s name and contact information
  • Private health insurance information (if applicable)
  • Area of injury

We are able to direct bill your motor vehicle insurance, but please note that all of your private health insurance must be used prior to accessing your motor vehicle insurance. These rules are mandated by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and not our clinic.

Workplace injury (WSIB): we often treat people as a result of a workplace injury, however, we do not bill WSIB directly. If your injury is part of a WSIB claim, you are expected to pay just as other clients and then submit your invoices to WSIB.

South Simcoe Physiotherapy

Hours & Location


Monday: 8am - 7:30pm
Tuesday: 8am - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 8am - 7:30pm
Thursday: 8am-7:30pm
Friday: 8am to 5 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Address: 180 Parsons Rd #8, Alliston, ON L9R 1E8


Phone:  (705) 250-6000

Fax:  (705) 250-7000

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Registered physiotherapists offering one-on-one manual therapy, IMS, and acupuncture in Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham, New Tecumseth and surrounding areas

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