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Joint Pain

                        Joint Pain

Osteoarthritis of the knee is the mechanical breakdown of knee cartilage.  Where rheumatoid arthritis is the chemical breakdown of cartilage, osteoarthritis is damage caused by long-term wear and tear.

Years of use causes the cartilage in the knee joint to wear away. As the cartilage wears away, the joint space narrows, and eventually the bones begin to rub together.  That’s what causes the knee pain.

Stretching, knee braces, weight loss, and strengthening the muscles around the knee are all effective, conservative treatment options for reducing knee pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.




The CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace is an effective and light weight treatment option for basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  This thumb brace is fit by squeezing the embedded metal insert to snugly fit the hand around the thumb.  It can be worn during household activities and sports like tennis or golf.

This thumb brace is low-profile and durable.  It helps keep the skin cool and dry and is easily applied and removed.  It is comfortable and light weight.

Informative Video about this CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace.

How to measure for the CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace.


Walking is Good Exercise

                    Walking is Good Exercise


It may seem counterintuitive.  If your knee hurts as a result of osteoarthritis, walking may help your knee feel better.  My grandmother used to tell me, “if you don’t use it, you lose it”.  I still believe her, more so now that whenever I wake up something hurts.

Walking helps stretch your muscles, lubricate your knee joint, and helps you lose weight.  All three of these benefits help control knee pain.  Tight muscles put undue stress on your knee joint.  Keeping the fluids moving in and out of your knee helps keep your anatomy healthy, and losing weight decreases the pressure on your knee joint.

So don’t give up.  One step at a time.  Make yourself better.


These are the instructions on how to fit a knee brace indicated for osteoarthritis.  Learn more about this unloading knee brace:  New Option OA Knee Brace.



Remove the OA brace from the bag and align it over the affected knee as a point of reference.





Undo the top and bottom straps, open up the thigh closure and calf closure and remove the patella buttress to where the brace is now open.





Place the open brace behind the leg and center with the knee joint, making sure the hinge joint is even with the patella. While supporting the brace with one hand, use the other hand to affix the calf closure. Re‐adjust tightness as needed.





With the calf closure secured, affix the thigh closure. Again, re‐adjust tightness as needed.






The OA hinge should be aligned with the patella and should be opposite of the affected side. In this example, this is a left knee, medial OA patient.






Secure the lower strap in two phases. First, pull strap out and away. Then, to secure it, affix the strap to the velcro hook tab (see arrow) on the inside of the brace before you go through the D‐rings. Once adhered, now go through the D‐ring and secure.





Repeat the same procedure with the thigh strap. This will insure that the hinge arms are now engaged and that the 7 degree offset is pushing at the joint line to open the opposite knee joint. This two‐step phase of strapping at the calf and thigh is the key step in the OA brace offering relief.





Lastly, adhere the patella buttress by affixing the tabs on the hinge side first, pulling across, centering the patella within the buttress, the securing the other two tabs on the opposite side.




New Unloader Knee Brace

There’s a new version of an effective and reliable knee brace to treat unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  The New Options Sports Wrap-Around OA Knee Brace is now available.

This off-loading knee brace is indicated for mild to moderate levels of knee pain caused by OA.  This knee brace comes in a wrap-around design, meaning patients do not have to struggle pulling the knee brace up or down their legs.  The knee brace simply wraps around and fastens with Velcro closures.  The patella buttress is designed to address secondary patella tracking issues.

This is a low-profile knee brace with thigh and calf paddles to offer some mild unloading of the knee joint.   The paddles work in conjunction with “lock down” straps that provide counter force.

The pull-up version of this unloading knee brace has been used effectively for years.  The wrap-around version makes it easier for patients to use and wear.  If you are considering a knee brace to treat your knee pain associated with arthritis, this brace is worth learning about.

Learn more about the New Option OA Knee Brace

Workout Partners

Stretching is very important for an arthritic knee.  When you think knee osteoarthritis it’s easy to focus only on the knee joint.  However, the muscles surrounding the knee should not be forgotten.

The hamstrings and quadriceps play an important role in managing knee pain.  Tight muscles put unnecessary stain on arthritic knees.  By stretching you help keep the anatomy surrounding your knee healthy and limber.  Exercise is important.  Just walking will help keep your knee joint lubricated.  Healthy stretched muscles will help an arthritic knee move easier, facilitating that movement of fluid that’s so important to healthy knee joints.

The muscles, ligaments, bones, and cartilage all work together in the knee joint.  They need to work together as a team.  Stretching is a great way to reduce knee pain and facilitate a healthier lifestyle.

Knee Brace Undersleeve

February 12, 2016


Why do I need to wear an undersleeve?  A neoprene under sleeve is designed for people who wear bio mechanical knee braces to treat osteoarthritis.  The undersleeve helps keep the knee brace from migrating, and also cuts down on the wear-and tear on your knee brace.  A neoprene undersleeve will also provide warmth and compression to an arthritic knee.  That will make the knee feel better and provide additional support and protection.

CMC Arthritis Brace

February 2, 2016


The CMC Arthritis Brace is a proven and effective treatment option for basal joint arthritis.  This is a light-weight and low-profile alternative to all of the other thumb braces that are available.  This is a more substantial thumb brace than you can buy at the pharmacy, super store, or sporting good retailer.

This thumb brace will keep the skin cool and dry.  It is easily applied and removed.  And importantly it won’t interfere with your daily activities.  Absolutely worth trying.


An unloading knee brace is designed to provide knee pain relief for people with unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  This means a person has knee pain on one side of their knee or the other.  Usually the knee pain affects the inside (medial compartment) of the knee.  The condition comes from years of wear and tear on the knee joint.  An unloading knee brace provides warmth, compression, and some gentle pressure to the knee joint.

A knee brace is not a cure for Knee OA, but a knee brace like this will buy some time for people looking to postpone knee replacement surgery.  This is a conservative treatment option that can’t hurt to try.



Knee Arthritis

January 14, 2016
Weight Loss and Exercise

                        Weight Loss and Exercise

Losing weight, exercising, and stretching are great treatment options for osteoarthritis of the knee.  Stretching keeps the muscles surrounding your knees loose and healthy, exercising lubricates the joints, and losing weight means your knees will absorb less of a load with every step you take.

You don’t need a prescription, or coverage, or a referral.  You don’t have to share any  personal information or pay a co-pay.  Weight loss, exercise, and stretching are free treatment options that will not only make your knees feel better but improve your overall physical condition.

Decrease the amount of drugs you take, spend less time with doctors….try going for a walk, or a swim.