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Archive for July 20th, 2010

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Recommendation VIII

Knee braces can reduce pain, improve stability, and diminish the risk of falling in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

There is clear evidence that physical function, stiffness, and pain are significantly improved in patients with knee osteoarthritis when they use an appropriate knee brace.

Valgus knee braces, or off-loading knee braces, or bio-mechanical knee braces are recommended in 8 out of 9 existing guidelines for the management of knee osteoarthritis.

The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 76%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.