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An unloading knee brace is designed to provide knee pain relief for people with unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  This means a person has knee pain on one side of their knee or the other.  Usually the knee pain affects the inside (medial compartment) of the knee.  The condition comes from years of wear and tear on the knee joint.  An unloading knee brace provides warmth, compression, and some gentle pressure to the knee joint.

A knee brace is not a cure for Knee OA, but a knee brace like this will buy some time for people looking to postpone knee replacement surgery.  This is a conservative treatment option that can’t hurt to try.

 

 



Knee Arthritis

January 14, 2016
Weight Loss and Exercise

                        Weight Loss and Exercise

Losing weight, exercising, and stretching are great treatment options for osteoarthritis of the knee.  Stretching keeps the muscles surrounding your knees loose and healthy, exercising lubricates the joints, and losing weight means your knees will absorb less of a load with every step you take.

You don’t need a prescription, or coverage, or a referral.  You don’t have to share any  personal information or pay a co-pay.  Weight loss, exercise, and stretching are free treatment options that will not only make your knees feel better but improve your overall physical condition.

Decrease the amount of drugs you take, spend less time with doctors….try going for a walk, or a swim.

 



CMC Arthritis

January 8, 2016

thumb pain

 

People experience thumb arthritis as they get older.  It happens when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form the thumb joint — the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

Thumb arthritis is painful.  There can be swelling and decreased strength and range of motion. Simple tasks like turning doorknobs and opening jars become difficult.

Treatment generally involves a combination of medication and thumb braces.  Severe thumb arthritis might require surgery.

Pain occurs at the base of the thumb when gripping, grasping, or pinching something.

Other symptoms can include stiffness and tenderness at the base of your thumb.