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Patients who are prescribed braces for osteoarthritis of the knee need to understand how to put the braces on.

The straps on many Unloading Knee Braces must be applied in a specific order.  Also legs are required to be in a certain position when braces are being strapped on.  There are usually extra pads, liners, and condyle pads included with the brace.  Miscellaneous items like hinge lubricant, extension stops, and under-sleeves usually wind up with the patient as well.  Patients need to understand what all of this stuff is for.

Patients need to be educated on every aspect of the brace.  That is what health insurance pays for.  Health insurance covers a lot more than just the measuring and fitting of the brace.  That  coverage also covers patient education.

A good practitioner will require a follow up one to two weeks after the knee brace is dispensed.  This follow up is to ensure the brace fits well, it is doing its job, and that the patient understands how to wear it.