Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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.

  • WASHING: DO NOT MACHINE WASH OR DRY. Hand wash with water and mild soap. Compress pads and rinse thoroughly. With a towel, pat dry any excess water.
  • Magnetic Precaution: Magnetic products should not be used if pregnant or fitted with cardiac pacemakers and/or automatic internal defibrillators. Keep out of the reach of magnetically stored data (i.e. computers, disks, credit cards, etc).
  • Caution: For persistent pain, immediately contact your health care professional. If excessive moisture due to physical exertion builds under the BandIT or BandIT XM, either place a loose fabric sleeve under it or remove it after activity to allow skin and the product to dry. DO NOT USE OVER OILS OR LOTIONS.

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.

  • WASHING: DO NOT MACHINE WASH OR DRY. Hand wash with water and mild soap. Compress pads and rinse thoroughly. With a towel , pat dry any excess water.
  • Magnetic Precaution: Magnetic products should not be used if pregnant or fitted with cardiac pacemakers and/or automatic internal defibrillators. Keep out of the reach of magnetically stored data (i.e. computers, disks, credit cards, etc).
  • Caution: For persistent pain, immediately contact your health care professional. If excessive moisture due to physical exertion builds under the KneedIT or KneedIT XM, either place a loose fabric sleeve under it or remove it after activity to allow skin and the product to dry. DO NOT USE OVER OILS OR LOTIONS.

The Ankle BandIT

  • WASHING: DO NOT MACHINE WASH OR DRY: Hand wash with water and mild soap. Compress pad and rinse thoroughly. With a towel, pat dry any excess water.
  • Caution: For persistent pain, immediately contact your health care professional. If excessive moisture due to physical exertion builds under the Ankle BandIT, wear the Ankle BandIT over a clean, dry athletic sock to help absorb excess moisture. DO NOT USE OVER OILS OR LOTIONS.

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

  • The products were designed by an internationally known practicing orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with over 25 years of experience treating Repetitive Stress Injuries.
  • The products function as interactive pumps and strategic shock absorbers rather than as tourniquets. They enhance blood flow through the muscles and joints during physical exertion. The products are designed with such precision so as to allow the muscles to relax rather than constrict during physical exertion. This reduces stress on the tendons and muscles, which in turn aids in the relief of pain and assists in the prevention of further injury.
  • Each device can be worn on the right or left side by either gender. The products’ component pieces are durable and hypoallergenic. They retain their shape and are comfortable after many hours of use.
  • The products are designed to assist not only in the treatment of but also in the prevention of injuries.

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.

  • Symptoms: Include tingling, numbness, “pins or needle” sensation, weakness and/or pain in the fingers, hands, wrist or forearm.
  • Prevention and /or Treatment: We recommend that you try the BandIT. It is designed to assist in the relief of pain associated with Repetitive Stress Injuries such as CTS of the arm and hand. Although CTS has been the name given to a group of symptoms traditionally thought to arise in the wrist , Dr. Fareed, through 25 years of clinical observations, has found that the origin of the symptoms is related to the metabolic activities of the forearm muscles and buildup of inflammation in the mid-forearm. The resulting inflammations & sensitivity which people tend to encounter from the fingertips to the elbow frequently produce many of the painful symptoms associated with CTS. Dr. Fareed believes that the traditional process of treating the wrist with a splint-like stabilizing brace, does not alleviate the condition because the wrist is neither broken nor is it the original source of the problem. Rather, the wrist is one of the many areas exhibiting CTS symptomatic inflammation and pain.
  • The Benefits of the BandIT: The BandIT helps alleviate these symptoms in various ways. First, it works as a gentle shock absorber, helping to relax the forearm muscles and tendons. Secondly, it works as a dynamic pump to increase circulation and push away metabolic buildup (inflammation) which causes pain. We guarantee your satisfaction or you may return the device within 30 days for a full refund.

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.

  • Tennis Elbow: Historically, it was described as a condition thought to be associated with microscopic tears of the extensor mechanism associated with repetitive tennis activities. In reality, tennis players account for less than 5 percent of reported cases. The inflammation in the tendon that causes Tennis Elbow can be the outcome of various elements such as a history of injuries or over use due to repetitive activities . In mild forms, it may be evident only after vigorous activities and sporadically. In more severe cases, the pain can be excruciating. Typically, one can put a finger directly on the point of maximum tenderness along the joint capsule (outside part of the elbow).
    • Symptoms: Pain is exhibited on the lateral (outside) part of the elbow. Many simple hand and arm actions such as gripping, lifting and carrying can become extremely painful and / or difficult. Treatment: We recommend that you try the BandIT which is designed to assist in the relief of pain associated with Repetitive Stress Injuries of the arm such as Tennis Elbow.
    • The Benefits of the BandIT: The BandIT is helpful as it disperses the muscle pull during repetitive hand, wrist and forearm activities. Some of the advantages of the BandIT include simultaneous compression of the flexor and extensor muscles during activity, allowing for normal circulation and augmenting normal muscle function.
  • Golfer’s Elbow: This frequently is thought of as a muscle strain involving the flexor muscle at the medial (inner) part of the elbow. The condition usually is referred to golfer’s elbow, not because golfer’s are the only people who experience the condition, but simply because golf has been attributed as being one of the most common activities associated with medial epicondylitis. Nonetheless, many other repetitive motions, like weight lifting, can cause this condition.
    • Symptoms: Symptoms are similar to those of Tennis Elbow, except that the tenderness and pain are found on the medial (inside) part of the elbow or on the joint’s bony margin area.
    • Treatment: We recommend that you try the BandIT which is designed to assist in the relief of pain associated with Repetitive Stress Injuries of the arm such as Golfer’s Elbow.
    • The Benefits of the BandIT: The BandIT is extremely beneficial as it applies pressure over the flexor muscle mass and helping to reduce the intensity of pull along the origin of the flexor muscles at the elbow. It also allows normal circulation and augments normal muscle function.

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.

  • Symptoms: Include pain, swelling, inflammation, stiffness and tenderness at or around a joint. Areas known to exhibit tendonitis are the knees, shoulders, heels and the elbow.
  • Treatment: For tendonitis of the elbow, we recommend that you try the BandIT. It helps alleviate symptoms in various ways. First, it works as a gentle shock absorber, helping to relax the forearm muscles and tendons. Secondly, it provides simultaneous compression of the flexor and extensor muscles during activity and this helps augment normal muscle function. Finally, it works as a dynamic pump to increase circulation and helps to reduce the metabolic buildup (inflammation) which causes pain.

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

  • Stop what you are doing when you get pain. Let your fingers, hand and/or wrist occasionally rest during the activity that causes you pain.
  • Do simple stretching exercises to increase the range of motion and prevent stiffness.
  • In the early stages of Repetitive Stress Injuries, icing and taking anti- inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and swelling.

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.

  • Symptoms: Can include swelling around the knee and pain under and around the kneecap. The most common effects are popping, catching and slipping of the kneecap when the knee bends or extends. Also, one can experience a feeling that one’s knees are going to buckle or give away.
  • Treatment: Dr. Fareed developed the KneedIT for his patients with this condition. The KneedIT is designed to assist in aligning and stabilizing the kneecap. This reduces stress on the tendons and muscles, and acts as a dynamic pump which helps reduce inflammation. It is different from other knee supports in that it does not apply pressure to the kneecap, rather, it fits directly below the kneecap, cupping it at the bottom and helping to keep it in place through its range of motion. In addition to stabilizing the kneecap, the KneedIT has wing shaped sides that help control snapping of the soft tissues adjacent to the kneecap (patella) during bending and extension of the knee. The unique, patented design of this device allows for selective compression along the sides and bottom of the kneecap. Also, unlike most knee supports, the KneedIT does not hamper circulation. It is designed so that the hook and loop strap remains off the skin on the front sides of the knee allowing for free circulation .

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.

  • Symptoms: Pain, inflammation, tenderness or swelling in the front or below the knee and over the shinbone area. The common signs of Osgood-Schlatter’s disease are increased pain during physical activities and pain relief during periods of relaxation.
  • Treatment: The typical treatment for Osgood-Schlatter’s disease involves modification and/or complete discontinuation of all sports activities, the use of anti-inflammatory medications and occasionally the use of wraps. We also recommend the KneedIT to help alleviate the symptoms and stresses of Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease. The KneedIT can be very beneficial because its unique anatomic design applies selective compression over the kneecap (patellar) tendon during activity. This helps to decrease the forces and shock of repetitive stresses in the rapidly growing region. The good news about Osgood-Schlatter’s disease is that it usually lasts only for a few years, typically during the growth spurt phase. However, there are individuals who experience the symptoms of the disease into their adult years.

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.

  • Symptoms: Include pain below or on the sides of the knee and grinding of the kneecap (patella) over the upper thigh bone (femur) when the knee is extended. Typically, there is no locking or buckling of the knees like the symptoms experienced in Kneecap (Patella) Tracking Disorder.
  • Treatment: We recommended that you try the KneedIT and believe that it can be very beneficial in treating the symptoms of chondromalacia. The KneedIT is designed to assist in stabilizing the kneecap and to reduce stress on the knee. It is different from other knee supports in that it does not apply pressure to the kneecap. It fits directly below the kneecap, cupping it at the bottom and helping to keep it in place through the range of motion. In addition to stabilizing the kneecap, the KneedIT has wing shaped sides that help control snapping of the soft tissues adjacent to the kneecap (patella) during bending and extension of the knee. This is very beneficial in reducing the grinding of bone over bone often experienced in Chondromalacia. Also, the unique patented design of the KneedIT allows for selective compression at the bottom of the kneecap and helps absorb the shock at the kneecap .

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.

  • Symptoms: Include pain, swelling, inflammation, stiffness and tenderness at or around the joint. Areas known to exhibit tendonitis are the knees, shoulders, heels and the elbow.
  • Treatment: For tendonitis of the knee, we recommend that you try the KneedIT which helps alleviate symptoms in several ways. First, its unique anatomic design works in concert with the motion of your knee so that, as you move, it gently applies pressure along the sides and bottom of the kneecap (patella) and tendons. This helps relieve minor knee pain, soreness, stiffness and inflammation. Secondly, it works as a gentle shock absorber, allowing muscles to relax and reduce stress on and around the knee area.

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.

  • Symptoms: Can include tenderness, inflammation, clicking and pain on the outside of the femur area (bone that extends from the pelvis to the knee) . People with this syndrome tend to experience pain during excessive running, hiking or walking, and relief during periods of rest .
  • Treatment: The typical treatment for this condition involves modification of activities (especially a period of rest) anti-inflammatory medication and wrapping. The KneedIT has been utilized by many runners to help with this condition because its unique design allows for selective compression during the activities which cause and aggravate this problem.

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

  • Stop what you are doing when you get pain. Let your knee occasionally rest during the activity that causes you pain.
  • Do simple stretching exercises to increase the range of motion and prevent stiffness.
  • In the early stages of Repetitive Stress Injuries, icing and taking anti- inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and swelling.

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.

What are the L codes (CPT / medical insurance codes)?

  • BandIT and BandIT XM = L3762
  • KneedIT and KneedIT XM = L1810
  • Ankle BandIT = L1902

What are the POS (point of sale) codes?

  • BandIT = 185C2X
  • KneedIT = 286
  • BandIT XM = 375C2X
  • KneedIT XM = C2X

What are the UPC codes?

  • BandIT = 7 58376 88889 9
  • BandIT XM = 7 58376 00022 2
  • KneedIT = 7 58376 88887 5
  • KneedIT XM= 7 58376 00026 0
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