Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Instructions for Use

The BandIT and BandIT XM

Place the product on the forearm about two finger widths below the crease of the elbow. Tighten the strap, pulling it from the underside of your arm towards you. The strap should be tightened no more than it is necessary to keep the device in place during the activity that aggravates your condition (i.e., make it tighter for tennis, looser for typing). When worn as directed, the strap between the two plates should be equal in length on each side of your arm. The plate with the logo sits on top of the arm; the other, under the arm. To achieve this, pull the bottom plate (the plate without the logo) along the strap. The strap is not glued to the bottom plate. For a more customized fit, the plastic plates are bendable and gently may be squeezed or "cupped" for a smaller arm or flattened for a larger arm.

The KneedIT or KneedIT XM

Place the product on your leg so that the "V" notch of the KneedIT or KneedIT XM is just below the kneecap. The "V" notch should cradle the kneecap, as shown. When worn correctly, the device will help absorb shock to the tissues around the knee. The KneedIT or KneedIT XM should be applied no tighter than is necessary to keep it comfortably in place at the knee. Wear the KneedIT or KneedIT XM during all activities which normally cause knee discomfort.

The Ankle BandIT

What makes our products unique?

All of PBSI's products include several important features which set them apart from competitive devices:

Medical Questions

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): Generally CTS represents a grouping of complaints attributed to the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. It is one of the most prevalent syndromes of Repetitive Stress Injuries and/or Cumulative Trauma Disorders within the musculoskeletal disorder category. The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel that extends from the hand to the wrist, through which the tendons and a nerve called the median nerve pass. When a tendon becomes inflamed, the median nerve gets pinched and causes pain through the arm and/ or hand. Traditionally, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was related to repetitive motion activities associated with professions such as hair dressers, dental technicians, keyboard users and meat cutters. Current studies show that more people not categorized as work related or related to any specific repetitive motion activity have the same complaints and findings.

Tennis & Golfer's Elbow (Epicondylitis): It is a condition where inflammation of the elbow tendons at the bony margin causes tenderness, soreness and pain. There are two types of epicondylitis; one is known as lateral epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow, the other as medial epicondylitis or Golfer's Elbow.

Tendonitis of the Elbow: The tendons are bands of fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. When these bands become inflamed or swollen from injuries, disease or overuse, then one is diagnosed as having tendonitis. For example, when inflammation, tenderness and pain are exhibited on the outside of the elbow, the tendonitis then is referred to as Tennis Elbow or lateral epicondylitis. When it is found on the inside of the elbow, the tendonitis is called Golfer's Elbow or medial epicondylitis.

Additional suggestions to help relieve the symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries to the forearm:

You should review these additional instructions for use of the BandIT with tendonitis, forearm and wrist pain.

  1. With the BandIT comfortably in place, grip a racket ball or some squeeze- type device. Hold for the count of 5; Relax and squeeze again. Repeat 10 times.
  2. With the BandIT in place, straighten your arm, palm upward, thumb out and extended. Take your other hand and passively extend your fingers backward. Hold this for 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times a day.
  3. If you experience numbness or tingling in your hand at night, you can wear it during sleep. Additionally, you should keep it on during all work-outs or daytime activities which aggravate the condition.

It is important to follow the instructions for use. It should be placed on your forearm no tighter than is necessary to keep the device in place during the activity which irritates you. It should not be tightened like a tourniquet. The degree of tightness will depend upon the activity being performed.

One plate should sit directly on top of the forearm, the other directly under. Slide the bottom plate along the Velcro band to create equal side openings. The BandIT in this position will perform as an "augmented pump" as it is assisted by your own muscle function and anatomy. You will experience free circulation of your blood and adequate venus return. Inflammation and irritation should substantially decrease, thus relieving you of the pain commonly associated with tendonitis

Kneecap (Patella) Tracking Disorder: This is a condition in which people experience an imbalance in the knee area that causes the kneecap (patella) to tilt or shift out of place during motion. For example, one can experience a snapping, grinding or pop-like sensation of the kneecap. One can experience pain or discomfort during activities like walking, climbing or descending stairs.

Osgood-Schlatter's Disease (OSD): This is a condition in which rapidly growing children, typically during their growth spurt, experience knee pain due to overuse of the knee. As a result of constant physical activity, traction along the kneecap (patellar) tendon that attaches to the growing shinbone (tibia) area causes a bony prominence to develop at the insertion of the kneecap tendon. The bony prominence tends to be painful during activities and can feel extremely tender and sensitive when touched. OSD is more common among boys, especially those who actively participate in sports. However, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of girls with OSD because more females are becoming active in sports related activities.

Chondromalacia: When the kneecap moves out of its groove, it can create damage that results in the loss or softening of cartilage that typically covers the back of the kneecap. This roughening of the under surface of the kneecap can cause pain whenever pressure is applied to the knee during activities such as climbing and descending stairs, kneeling, squatting, sitting, standing or walking for prolonged periods of time. The pain that is experienced comes from the tissues along the sides of the kneecap and not the kneecap itself.

Tendonitis of the Knee: The tendons are bands of fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. When these bands become inflamed or swollen from injuries, disease or overuse, then one is diagnosed as having tendonitis. For example, when inflammation, tenderness and pain are exhibited on the outside of the elbow, the tendonitis then is referred to as Tennis Elbow or lateral epicondylitis. When it is found on the inside of the elbow, the tendonitis is called Golfer's Elbow or medial epicondylitis.

IT (Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome) : The iliotibial band is a long piece of muscle and tendon (ligament) that starts on the outside of the thigh and extends from the top of the hip to the outside of the knee. Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome is a condition where, as a result of repetitive stresses along the iliotibial band, irritation occurs where the band attaches along the outside of the knee. Friction from repetitive bending and extension of the knee can cause the iliotibial band to thicken. It then rubs over the bone and produces inflammation and pain. Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome typically occurs in runners but also can be found in individuals who vigorously hike or walk.

Additional suggestions to help relieve the symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries to the knee:

Non-Medical Questions

What are the specifications and materials incorporated into our products?

Foam Pads: All of our foam pads are made of neoprene (SCE 43 neoprene blend from Rubatex).

Straps: All of our hook and loop straps are 100% nylon.

Plastic Plates: All of our black and white plastic plates are made of high density polyethylene grade IP 10 Dow Prod.

Magnets: The magnets incorporated into our BandIT XM and KneedIT XM are bi-polar, ceramic 5 discs with an interior gauss of 3950 and exterior gauss of 650 +/- 40.

Strap Length

The length of the hook and loop straps on the BandIT and BandIT XM is 18". 3" are used for the hook and 15" remain available to loop around the forearm. If you require a longer strap please call us at (800) 676-1550 to place a special order. We can provide customers with a 20" strap instead of the standard 18" strap.

The length of the hook and loop straps on the KneedIT and KneedIT XM is 20". 5" are used for the hook and 15 " remain available to loop around the knee. If you require a longer strap please call us at (800) 676-1550 to place a special order. We can provide customers with a 24" strap instead of the standard 20" strap.

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