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patellar-taping

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 7 – Patients with symptomatic knee OA should use patellar taping for short term pain relief and functional improvement.  Taping the knee cap towards the inside of the leg (medially directed) makes knees with OA feel better when they move.

Taping the knee cap is a conservative and inexpensive treatment option for knee osteoarthritis.



Quadricep Strength

Quadricep Strength

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 6 – Strong quadriceps are important for patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.  Increasing the strength of the quadriceps muscle can decrease pain and increase function.  It is an inexpensive and conservative treatment option for knee OA.



Stretching Helps OA

Stretching Helps OA

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 5 – Range of motion and flexibility exercises should be considered as a treatment option for patients with knee osteoarthritis.  Knee OA is often accompanied by joint stiffness and limited muscle flexibility.  Stretching is inexpensive, has limited negative side effects, and is beneficial for the overall health of the patient.



Swimming Helps OA

Swimming Helps OA

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 4 – Patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee should participate in low-impact aerobic exercise.

Aerobic exercise has a significant effect on disability and pain relief.  It doesn’t cost much and the additional health benefits are well documented.



Weight Loss and Exercise

Weight Loss and Exercise

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 3- Patients who are overweight should lose weight with an appropriate exercise program and change in diet.

Patients with a “Body Mass Index” greater than 25 should be encouraged to lose a minimum of 5% of their body weight.   Weight loss will make knees with osteoarthritis function better and improve the overall health of the patient.



Phone

Phone Calls Help

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 2- Regular contact to promote self-care by telephone significantly reduces the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.

The AAOS supports this treatment option due to the fact that telephone contact is inexpensive and has minimal negative side effects.  People feel better if a health care professional talks to them about their condition.



OA Lifestyle

OA Lifestyle

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation I – The AAOS suggests patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis take part in self-management educational programs and incorporate activity modifications into their lifestyle.

The evidence shows that self-management results in pain relief.  Making changes like walking instead of running, losing weight, and various lifestyle modifications will make knees feel better.



AAOS

This is the first post in a series of articles about the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) was founded in 1933.  The AAOS  is the leading provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopedic surgeons around the world.
In 2008 a volunteer workgroup comprised of multi-disciplinary medical professionals conducted a systematic review of the current clinical and scientific information about the treatments available for osteoarthritis of the knee.  This series of articles will examine each treatment option.


Hely-Weber-Knee-Support-3671H

Hinged Arthritis Brace - Knee Cap Control

Hely & Weber’s Hinged Knee Stabilizer, 3771H, is now available from Heritage Medical Equipment.

This knee brace has a  parenthetical buttress ( ) designed for knee cap control.  The neoprene provides warmth and compression, and the hinges give extra protection and stability.  This hinged arthritis knee brace is a top-of-the-line over-the-counter knee brace.

Well made and built to last.  This treatment option for knee osteoarthritis should be at the top of your list to try.  No drugs, no surgery, no injections.



Hely & Weber 24115

Arthritis Reinforced Knee Sleeve

Hely & Weber’s Reinforced Knee Sleeve 24115 is now available on mysoreknees.com.

This brace support is constructed of neoprene and is designed to provide warmth and compression to arthritic knees.  It is considerably more substantial than anything you will find at your local drug store.

These neoprene knee braces are an in-expensive treatment option for osteoarthritis.  Stop the drugs, postpone the surgery, forget the injections…try a knee brace.  This is a conservative way for you to get back on your feet and moving again.