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Archive for July 6th, 2010

Knee Braces Buy Time For Patients

Are you too young to have your knee replaced?  Do you want to postpone your knee arthroplasty for a couple of more years?  Patients with knee osteoarthritis can buy time using bio mechanical knee braces.

Bio-mechanical knee braces, or off-loading knee braces help patients with osteoarthritis relieve pain and increase function.  The knee brace is not a cure for osteoarthritis but it will help patients defer their surgeries.

Patients that are poor surgical candidates because they are diabetics or are overweight often use bio mechanical knees braces to relieve their pain.  Also patients who experience negative side effects of non-steroidal ant inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) benefit from these braces.

An arthritis knee brace requires a prescription from your physician and must be fit by a professional credentialed to measure and fit custom orthotics.  Bio mechanical knee braces are covered by Medicare, medicaid and most major HMO’s and PPO’s.