Embrace Functional Freedom
We want you to be able to live life to the fullest — doing the things you love without pain or discomfort. Offering users an alternative to bulky and movement-restricting braces, Push® and Push® Sports orthoses for the upper and lower extremities and spine are designed to enhance your recovery, safety, and ultimately, your active lifestyle. BraceLab is proud to be the exclusive distributor of high-quality Push braces in the U.S., including the game-changing thumb basal joint brace for women and men, the Push® MetaGrip®.
In addition to offering anatomically correct and clinically proven braces, BraceLab is also committed to advancing the industry and providing high-quality training opportunities. Through collaboration with, HandLab, a clinical education consultancy, we have trained practitioners in 26 countries around the globe and make a wealth of free educational resources available on the Clinicians Classroom.
Our mission is to provide individuals and medical professionals with premium quality Push orthoses that optimize support and maximize function. We support medical professionals by providing practical clinical information in our Clinician’s Classroom.
Push Braces makes 20 premium braces for elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, backs, shoulders and necks whose streamlined designs and durability provide optimal support without unnecessarily restricting movement. Our revolutionary product line includes the Push MetaGrip, Push Sports Thumb Brace and Push ortho Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO).
The brand is owned by orthopaedic brace developer Nea International bv in the Netherlands, who is a subsidiary of Ofa Bamberg in Germany, a manufacturer of orthopaedic supports, orthoses and compression stockings. All Push braces are manufactured in Europe with high-quality materials and come with a 90-day guarantee.
1986: The maker of Push braces, Nea International bv, is established to provide innovative and functional treatments for joint injuries
1996: HandLab, a clinical education consultancy for hand therapists, is founded
2007: Push engages Judy C. Colditz, OT/L, CHT, FAOTA, and future BraceLab founder, to consult on the development and design of the Push MetaGrip thumb brace
2011: HandLab introduces the Push MetaGrip at the annual conference of the American Society of Hand Therapists and it is immediately in high demand
2014: A biomechanics peer-reviewed study finds the Push MetaGrip allows motion at the MCP joint and affords the largest hand function over competitors
2017: A Bone and Joint Journal study finds patients prefer the Push MetaGrip to a custom-made orthosis
2017: HandLab spins off BraceLab, a new venture to provide the full line of 20 different Push braces for elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, backs, shoulders, and necks to the U.S. market
2020: BraceLab.com creates the Clinician’s Classroom to house the clinical information for therapists which was previously on the HandLab website, creating open access to all clinical education videos
Judy C. Colditz, OT/L, CHT, FAOTA, founder of BraceLab and HandLab
As an occupational therapist with more than 40 years’ experience, Judy Colditz is regarded in the industry as a master clinician, a skilled teacher and an expert orthotic maker. She founded HandLab in 1996 to provide education and consultancy services to hand therapists, and spun out BraceLab in 2017 to bring Push products to the American market.
During her career, Ms. Colditz has served as president of both the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapists and the American Society of Hand Therapists, and has shared her passion for continuing education through teaching workshops and giving lectures in more than 26 countries around the globe. She has published more than a dozen juried professional papers, holds four patents for hand therapy products, and served as a design consultant on the groundbreaking Push MetaGrip.
From 1982 to 1996, Ms. Colditz owned and managed the largest privately owned outpatient therapy practice in North Carolina, which included hand therapy, physical therapy, and work hardening.
Jerry Ditz, DPT, Dip. Osteopractic, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, president of BraceLab
Jerry Ditz serves as the president of BraceLab. Prior to taking on this leadership role, Mr. Ditz practiced physical therapy for eight years, and worked extensively in the strength and conditioning industry with high school and college athletes. He holds a Diploma in Osteopractic™, which is an intensive post-graduate training program that includes certification in dry needling, manipulative therapy, instrumented assisted soft-tissue mobilization and differential diagnosis management.
Karol Young, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, hand therapy and occupational therapy consultant at BraceLab
Karol Young has been an occupational therapist (OT) since 1990 and a certified hand therapist since 1997. After working in a variety of outpatient settings, her passion for lifelong learning led her to the OT program at Thomas Jefferson University where she completed her Doctoral degree in 2015. With her advanced skills in hand therapy and deep professional knowledge, she serves as an adjunct professor at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and is a guest lecturer at several local occupational therapy assistant programs. At BraceLab, she contributes to Clinical Pearls and Clinical Clues to provide practical clinical information to the therapy community, and also helps to train support staff on how to provide exceptional customer service.
Giving Back to the Community
BraceLab lives by the philosophy “When you learn it, teach it.” This mantra has guided our commitment to advancing hand therapy around the world.
- Donated hand therapy educational materials to developing hand therapy centers in Thailand, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, Ghana, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, India, Poland, Romania, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and many others
- Given funds to help hand therapists attend the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy Triennial Meeting
- Provided free access to online credit courses in response to COVID-19
- Made our previously fee-based online credit courses free for all to access
As a woman-owned small business based in North Carolina, we provide financial support to nonprofit organizations making a profound impact in our community.
- Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina
- Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws (A prison-based program for training medical service dogs)
- Read and Feed (Provides children with access to books and free meals)
- The Arthritis Foundation
- The Triangle Aphasia Project