Types of Knee Braces

Online retailer PlanetRx carries knee braces for people who want to support their knees, whether to prevent injuries, recover from an injury, or help with chronic pain. There are four main types of knee brace: prophylactic, functional, rehabilitative, and unloader/offloader braces. Each of the four types has a unique function.

1. Prophylactic braces are made for contact sports. They are built to withstand a rugged sport like football while preventing knee injuries.

2. Functional braces provide support for a knee that has already been injured.

3. Rehabilitative braces restrict the knee’s range of motion in order to limit harmful movement while a knee is healing after surgery or a severe injury.

4. Unloader/offloader braces are designed to relieve arthritic pain in the knees.

PlanetRx maintains a huge selection of knee braces for a wide variety of needs. Check out the selection of knee braces available from such brands as Good Neighbor, Brace Yourself, FLA Orthopedics, and Bell Horn at PlanetRx.com.

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Be Prepared – Medicine Cabinet Essentials

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The online drugstore PlanetRx offers more than 30,000 health care, diet, and personal health products. PlanetRx has a full selection of diabetic care products, pain relief medication, and much more. A late-night trip to the pharmacy is the last thing anyone wants to make if they are struck by sudden pain, fever, or intense indigestion. It is better to make a daytime trip to the local grocery store or pharmacy while you are healthy so that you can stock up on some of the basics that every medicine cabinet should have. Pain relievers and fever reducers are the primary items that every medicine cabinet should feature. Ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin are all good examples of medicines that treat a wide range of stomach pains, headaches, and fevers. Similarly, if you are prone to experiencing heartburn and indigestion, make sure to have a quality antacid product on hand. Antibiotic ointment is equally important, as you never know when you will need to treat a cut or wound before bandaging it. Allergy and cold medications round out some of the basic supplies that you should have in your cabinet. There is also one less-obvious item that should be in your medicine cabinet. The ordinary person might not think of this product until it is too late. Some people are unfortunate enough to have to deal with hives on a semi-regular basis, while the lucky ones will experience hives only once or twice in a lifetime. Either way, there is no possible way to get any sleep when your body is covered in an itchy rash that can stretch from your waist to your toes. Benadryl is a great way to reduce the irritation and itching of hives until the symptoms pass, or until you can get to a doctor for a more effective prescription.

Healthy Eating Before, During and After a Workout

WorkoutPlanetRx helps customers to care for themselves and their communities by offering a wide variety of health products and dietary options that encourage healthy eating. In dozens of categories, PlanetRx offers a diverse selection of sports nutrition products. Vitamins, proteins, and proper diet should be a primary concern for every individual, but active athletes must take special care of their bodies. For an athlete or any person who is about to take part in a rigorous workout, how the body is fueled before, during, and after the exercise is extremely important. What you eat beforehand will determine how much energy you have, and therefore how far you can push your body during the workout. The bigger the meal, the farther in advance you will want to ingest it, but exercising on a completely empty stomach is a remedy for disaster. A chicken sandwich is a great source of protein, as are any pasta-based meals. If you do not have much preparation time, try a piece of toast with some dry beans. Any pre-workout meal should include vegetables. A banana is the perfect option for a mid-workout snack. Snacking on raisins, cereal bars, and isotonic sports drinks are also good ways to keep your health up while exercising. Eating after exercising is equally important in order to replenish your body. Fruit, nuts, sports bars, and yogurt are all good post-workout choices, as you should be able to eat something simple almost immediately after your activity.

Reduce Your Environmental Impact with E-Commerce

According to a 2008 study by Carnegie Mellon’s Green Design Institute, e-commerce purchases use approximately 30% less energy than purchases from brick-and-mortar retailers. This information bodes well for online retailers like PlanetRx. The study names customer transportation to and from the store as the main reason that e-commerce is more energy efficient. Even though delivery trucks use more gas per mile, UPS stated that it uses 0.117 gallons of gas per packaged delivered. This figure is much smaller than the average 0.636 gallons of gas that consumers use on a trip to buy a product at a store.

Since the study was published, the equations used have changed for the better. Those changes have made e-commerce even more energy efficient than shopping at a brick-and-mortar store. The increased efficiency of e-commerce can be attributed to online retailers opting to use airfreight less often, as well as using more recycling options for packaging. At the same time, a decrease in the energy efficiency of brick-and-mortar shopping has occurred due to store closings, meaning that consumers often have to drive further to alternate locations. These results indicate that consumers who are interested in controlling their environmental impact should shop with online retailers like PlanetRx.

More Drugstores Striving to be Eco-friendly

PlanetRx, an online distributor of medical, health, beauty, and lifestyle products, is committed to environmentally conscious business practices. PlanetRx recycles almost everything that can be recycled and uses alternative energy to power its corporate offices in addition to donating a part of its profits to environmental non-profit organizations.

Some pharmacies and health stores are beginning to go green by launching “take back” programs, which allow customers to return unused or expired products for environmentally conscious disposal. The companies recycle stock bottles and vials instead of sending them to landfills and make an effort to keep unused drugs out of the water supply. Other pharmaceutical companies are beginning to invest in eco-friendly packaging and drugs.

Adopting an eco-friendly approach to running one’s business is not only good for the environment but can also be good for the bottom line. Some medical supply businesses have contracted waste-to-energy facilities that incinerate unused and expired medications and generate power from the emissions. Simpler options include using energy-efficient lighting, flooring, and air-conditioning systems, which decrease energy costs and are better for the environment.