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Braces are devices worn externally on the body to assist with the stability of a joint or reduce the physical stresses which the individual’s environment can sometimes place on their body.

Generally, braces can fall into one of two categories:

Custom Made Braces: This type of brace involves taking specific measurements of the client, and fabricating a brace which fits that client specifically. Usually because of the nature of their fabrication, there is a higher cost associated with custom made braces.

Over The Counter Braces: This type of brace is usually mass produced by a manufacturing company in various common size ranges (small, medium, large, etc). Fitting one of these braces is usually quite simple, and the cost can be significantly less than a custom made device. However, the fit and function is not as precise (usually) as a custom made brace.

Panther Sports Medicine can supply both types of braces to their patients, depending on the needs as assessed by their Physiotherapist.

Over The Counter braces available to each of our locations include:

  • Knee (Hinge) Braces
  • Patella Stabilizers
  • Ankle Stabilizers
  • Wrist Stabilizers

Please feel free to call or drop by one of our clinics for prices, advice and fitting of any of our brace products.


There are many ways to access funding options when seeking treatment at our centres.

Extended health benefit plans

Physiotherapy treatment is usually covered in health benefit plans. Check your plan for coverage details and if your insurer requires a doctor referral for reimbursement. Depending on your insurance company, you may even have access to direct billing.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage

If you are injured at work, WCB will normally approve up to 21 treatment visits over six weeks. WCB pays for the first visit and after reports are submitted they will notify us if you claim has been accepted. Contact our clinics for more information.

Automobile insurance

If you have been injured in a car accident seek treatment within 10 days of your accident. Your insurance company will normally pre-approve up to 21 treatment visits over a 12 week period. You can consult a licensed physiotherapist directly and you do not need a physician referral.

Veteran’s Affairs, Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP

If you are a veteran or currently serving with the Armed Forces or the RCMP, you may have access to funding for therapy services through your government benefits. Contact Panther Sports and your health coordinator for more information.