Archive for May, 2015
A knee brace for arthritis.
An Unloading knee brace is indicated for people with unicompartmental osteoarthritis. That means the knee brace is for people with arthritis that is affecting one side of the knee joint compartment, not both.
Knee braces for Osteoarthritis have come a long way in recent years. It wasn’t long ago that off-loading knee braces, had to be made from heavy carbon graphite or metal alloys. But technology has come so far so fast that now these knee braces can be made from lightweight materials like, neoprene and nylon.
Most patients with osteoarthritis do not tolerate heavy knee braces for very long. Though the knee braces can relieve pain, when worn for hours they can cause fatigue and make a knee tired. So many unloading knee braces wind up at the bottom of the closet because patients do not wear them.
In many cases a neoprene brace with a simple hinge is all that’s needed. A custom knee brace which can cost over $1200 can be overkill.
Consider what the knee brace is being used for. If the patient isn’t climbing telephone poles or playing contact sports carbon graphite and complicated strapping systems probably aren’t needed. Use the right tool for the job. If the patient is just going to the store, driving a car, and going about normal activities of daily living a neoprene sleeve with a simple hinge will provide warmth, compression, and some gentle unloading.
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