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If you are considering buying a knee brace or back brace over the internet, or calling an 800 number, and having the people you’re communicating with bill Medicare on your behalf –  stop.  Stop immediately.  It’s a scam.  Even if you receive the back brace or knee brace, you’re being robbed.  When a medical professional bills medicare on your behalf for a knee brace or back brace they are supposed to evaluate you, measure you, fit you, and be available for follow-up.  The follow-up is good for three years!  All of that is built into the cost.  The person fitting you needs to be a credentialed medical professional.  In some states the person needs to be licensed.

The internet and 800 phone number companies are running a scam.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at the math.  When a medical professional bills Medicare for fitting a knee brace or back brace they will get reimbursed between $800 and $1200 – it depends on the state you live in, and the type of brace being ordered.  Built into that price is the evaluation, measuring, fitting, and follow up visits.  How many follow-up visits?  As many as you need.  You can go see that person everyday for three years for adjustments and they cannot charge you a penny.

Here are a couple of arthritis knee braces we sell on line.  The price is between $159.99 and $329.99.  Here is a typical back brace, $75.45.  We do not bill Medicare.  We sell to the medical professionals that do.  The medical professionals bill Medicare between $800 and $1200 – which is fair and reasonable.  Built into that price is all of the evaluating, measuring, fitting, and follow-ups.  The internet knee brace and back brace providers scam Medicare by buying the brace and shipping it to you.  They skip all the patient care that is built into the reimbursement.

Heritage Medical Equipment owns a couple of blogs, a website that sells orthopedic braces directly to consumers, and we do some distributing for the orthopedic community.  With that said, more than one of these internet and 800 number companies have contacted us over the years looking to buy our knee braces and back braces.  We have very competitive pricing so they are attracted to us.  In many of these cases it only takes a couple of phone calls to our manufacturers to learn that these companies run up huge bills, never pay them, and then disappear.

If you need a back brace or a knee brace, get a prescription from your doctor and go to a certified orthotist.  An orthotist is credentialed professional with a degree.

DO NOT LET AN INTERNET COMPANY BILL MEDICARE ON YOUR BEHALF.



Black Friday Knee Pain

November 24, 2017

 

So how was the mall?  How are your knees feeling?

There’s something about a big holiday meal that brings out the aches and pains.  Maybe it’s pschosomatic.  Did you spend a lot of time yesterday sharing your symptoms and ailments with friends and family?  Or possibly you did a lot of the heavy lifting yesterday preparing the bird – meaning you did all the work, not so much the weight of the turkey – though both factors could play a role.  Or maybe it was the opposite.  Maybe you were lucky enough to sit in the recliner, watch the parade and football and not have to lift a finger.  Either way, and I know its not fair, if you did all the work or none of the work preparing the Thanksgiving feast, your knees can feel bad either way.  A lack of motion or too much can unfairly have the same painful affect.

Now I do not recommend starting your exercise regiment for curing your knee pain at the mall on this day.  If you did go to the mall, I hope your knees aren’t feeling too bad.  Don’t get in over your head.  Take breaks, sit when you can, and try not to carry too much.

If it wasn’t black Friday the mall can be a great place to stretch your legs, strengthen the muscles surrounding your knees, and lubricate your joints.  Walking is great way to get some control over your knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.

 



Arthritis Knee Brace

October 21, 2017

Knee Sleeve

 

A knee brace can be an effective treatment option for osteoarthritis.  Even a simple arthritis knee sleeve can make an arthritic knee joint feel better.  The warmth and compression can increase mobility and provide some protection as well as support.  A knee brace is a safe and inexpensive treatment option that is worth trying.  There are different types of knee braces specifically designed for osteoarthritis.  A sleeve is good for mild pain, a brace with hinges should be used if the knee hurts and is unstable, and a brace that actually opens the joint space should be used for severe OA.

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Women and Joint Pain

October 17, 2017

 

There are three distinct risk factors that lead women to suffer from arthritis more than men: biology, genetics, and hormones.

Biology:  The hips.  Women are designed to have babies so they’re shaped differently than men.  The angle of their hips distributes their body weight across the knees less efficiently than in men.  Also their ligaments are more elastic so their knees are less stable.  More pressure and less stability makes a knee joint more likely to get hurt.

Genetics:  Women whose mothers had OA should not be surprised to find themselves suffering the same type of joint pain, in the same places, and around the same age.  It is common for OA to run in families.  Research shows the genetic links.

Hormones:  Estrogen protects cartilage.  As the estrogen decreases so does the protection.  There is an increased prevalence in the onset of OA during menopause.

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Stage 2 – Mild

Stage 2 is where symptoms start to develop.  A knee may start to get achy if a person sits for a long time, walks too much, or spends the whole day on their feet.  Stiffness and joint pain are common complaints.

Bone lumps and thinning cartilage can be seen on X-rays or MRIs.  The joint space will remain normal and the bones are not rubbing or scraping against one another.

Exercise and weight loss are still the primary treatment options.  Arthritis knee braces are also recommended.  An arthritis knee brace can help stabilize and protect the knee joint.



Knee Exercises

Exercise and stretching can help prevent and relieve knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.  When done regularly stretches, low-impact aerobic exercise, and strengthening exercise can provide many benefits.

Increase Function and Range of Motion – Exercise and stretching will keep the muscles surrounding the knee joint limber.  The more you stretch the greater your knee’s range of motion.  The easier it is for your knee to move, the easier it will be to exercise.

Pain reduction – An unstable knee joint will do much better when supported by strong muscles.  The knee can be protected from repetitive impacts, like walking, by strengthening the muscles that surround the knee.  The hamstrings and quadriceps should be the primary focus.  Exercise also releases the body’s natural pain relievers, endorphins.

 



Global Knee Brace

Weight loss and exercise are two of the best treatment options for knee osteoarthritis.  There are certainly drugs, injections, hyaluronic acid, and surgeries – all with their associated risks.  However weight loss and exercise are free – no insurance companies, no doctors, no pharmacies…just get up and walk.  However it can be a catch 22.  If your knee hurts, how can you walk?  A knee brace can be a great solution.  There are different types of knee braces for osteoarthritis.  Some knee braces require a prescription, some can be purchased in a sporting good store.  Some knee braces will be covered by your health insurance, and some won’t.  Check with your doctor about which knee brace is right for you.

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Global Knee Brace

March 14, 2017

Global Knee Brace

Overview

  • For Bi-Compartmental OA
  • For Tri-Compartmental OA
  • Range-of-Motion Hinges
  • Provides Stability
  • Assists in Mobility

 

Description

The Global Knee addresses pain, provides stability, and assists in mobility.  There is often a significant amount of time that passes from when a patient is told they need to have their knee replaced and the actual surgery.  This knee brace helps patients during that time.

The Patella Sling controls the patella with an inferior to superior directional pull.  There are adjustable struts that can be molded with bending irons (not included) to accommodate swollen knees and apply a varus or valgus force.  There’s a removable buttress that can be adjusted for each patient’s needs.

Reinforced hinge pockets provide durability and double as a built-in pull-up assist.  The Global knee is constructed of breathable lycra urethane laminate and spacer fabric.  The range-of-motion hinges are slightly offset to accommodate inflamed bulbous knees.

Indications

  • Arthritis
  • Global Knee Pain
  • Bi-Compartmental OA
  • Tri-Compartmental OA

 

Sizing

Take two measurements.

Measure the circumference of the leg at the calf and thigh.

Size                    Calf Circumference       Thigh Circumference

X- Small                  11″ – 13″                             15″ – 17″

Small                    12.5″ – 13.5″                        16″ – 18″

Medium                13.5″ – 15.5″                        17.5″ – 19.5″

Large                    14.5″ – 16.5″                        18.5″ – 20.5″

X Large                 16.5″ – 19″                           19.5″ – 22″

2X Large               18″ – 20.5″                           20.5″ – 23″

3X Large               19″ – 22″                               24″ – 27″



Arthritis Knee Brace

February 27, 2017

Arthritis Knee Brace

  • Hinged Knee Brace
  • Circumferential Straps
  • Knee Cap Control Buttress
  • Multi-Position Hinges
  • Pull Up Loops
  • Open Patella
  • Covered Hinges

Description

This support brace is constructed of 1/8″ neoprene, to provide warmth and compression. This increases blood flow to your arthritic joint. The knee support is constructed with a felt buttress designed to control and protect your knee cap. The aluminum hinges work in conjunction with the neoprene to help stabilize and protect your knee joint.  People with arthritis in the knees often have arthritis in their hands.  This is a knee brace that is easy to take on and take off – a blessing for people with arthritic fingers.

Indications

  • Pre and Post-Operative MCL/LCL Care
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Moderate ACL/PCL Sprains & Strains
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Instability

Sizing

Measure the Circumference at Knee Center with the Leg Fully Extended

Extra Small:      12″ – 13″
Small:                13″ – 14″
Medium:           14″ – 15″
Large:                15″ – 16″
Extra Large:      16″ – 18″
2X Large:          18″ – 20″
3X Large:          20″ – 22″
4X Large:          22″ – 24″



Proper Cane Use

February 8, 2017

How to safely use a cane on level surfaces:
  1. The cane should be held on your “good”  side to support the “bad” side.
  2. Step first with the “bad” leg, bringing the cane forward at the same time.
  3. Lean on the cane as needed.