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Archive for April 30th, 2012

Knee Brace

April 30, 2012

Where does a knee brace fit into my osteoarthritis treatment program?

Different knee braces should be used throughout your entire treatment regimen.  A neoprene sleeve can be effective during the early stages of osteoarthritis.  The warmth and compression can really help with pain relief and stability.  Also the compression will lead to increased blood flow to the knee joint.  If knee pain can be reduced so you take just one less pill per day, think about the long term effects this could have regarding your overall health.

If your arthritis is moderate to severe an unloading knee brace might be an appropriate treatment option.  These are knee orthotics that require prescriptions.  A knee brace of this type produces a bio-mechanical fulcrum that can open a collapsing joint space.  An unloading knee brace needs to be prescribed by your doctor, and that prescription should be fit by a certified orthotist.