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Arthritis Knee Brace

The arthritis knee brace has been shown to reduce knee pain and improve joint health for people with osteoarthritis.

For slightly more severe osteoarthritis of the knee, an arthritis knee brace may provide greater support than the simple neoprene sleeve.  The arthritis knee brace is designed to maximize stability while minimally effecting function and range of motion.  This knee brace includes joints on both sides of the knee and straps to keep it in place in addition to the compressive and supportive features of the neoprene sleeve.  The arthritis knee brace bears the mechanical stresses of knee motion and reduce the pressure felt by anatomical knee.

As early as 1997 the efficacy of arthritis knee bracing was well documented.  Studies routinely observe a significant reduction in knee pain for roughly 95% of users.  Studies have also found that wearing an arthritis knee brace can allow arthritic knees to heal.  When the brace reduces pressure on the knee, it allows the body to heal the damaged joint and increase the joint space.  Knee pain in osteoarthritis comes from bone rubbing against bone as the cartilage degrades, so this increased joint space represents an overall improvement in joint health.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, and your knee pain is not improved by a simple neoprene sleeve, you should try the arthritis knee brace.  The risk and the expense are far below pharmaceutical or surgical alternatives, and the best evidence shows that bracing can be equally or more effective.  So before you take another pill or go under the knife, try a non-invasive treatment like the arthritis knee brace.

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Arthritis Knee Sleeve

Simple neoprene sleeves may be very helpful in treating knee pain. They provide subtle support for the knee-cap and help it to track in the proper alignment.

Knee pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the USA, and can impair many activities of daily living and reduce quality of life.  Knee pain due to osteoarthritis is often treated chemically (with drugs like acetaminophen or ibuprophen) or surgically (with knee replacements).  While both treatments can be highly effective, they present risks that may further damage the knee or the whole person.  Typically, drug treatments carry risks of systemic side-effects, while surgical failures present more local damage to the body.

In the coming weeks, we will propose an alternative style of treatment that can protect you from surgical and pharmaceutical treatments.  We will introduce orthotic knee bracing as a safe, effective treatment option, that deserves greater consideration.  We at osteoarthritisblog hope that you will try out knee bracing before risking other more common, but more dangerous approaches to osteoarthritis.

The simplest variety of knee bracing is the neoprene knee sleeve.  Recent research out of the University of Manchester found that 100% of 126 patients that used simple knee bracing for their knee osteoarthritis improved significantly within six weeks.  There is also evidence that neoprene sleeves allow for improved safety and stability while exercising, which can help to build muscles that protect the knee.  In other words:  knee bracing may provide improvements that persist after the brace is removed.

So before you buy some more tylenol, and way before you go in for a knee replacement, try out a simple knee brace like a neoprene sleeve.  It can’t hurt, and it just might change your life.