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Knee Therapy

Knee Pain from OA

 

Osteoarthritis, is also known as wear-and-tear arthritis.  It is a condition where cartilage, the natural cushioning between your bones, erodes.  When this occurs, the bones of the joints rub against one another with less cartilage to absorb the shock. The rubbing causes pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased ability to move and sometimes the formation of bone spurs.

There are many forms of arthritis – osteoarthritis is the most common.  Young people can get it, however the chance of developing osteoarthritis rises after age 45.   More than 27 million people in the U.S. have osteoarthritis.  The knee is the most commonly affected area.  Also, osteoarthritis is more common in women than men.

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A thumb brace or thumb splint is an effective way to treat CMC Arthritis, or basal joint arthritis.  The best braces will hold the thumb in a pain-free position.  Neoprene or fabric thumb braces will provide warmth and compression.  Do you experience pain when you pinch, like when you’re using a key or a pen?  Is the area around the base of your thumb tender when you press on or around the joint?  A brace may help.  A thumb brace is an inexpensive treatment alternative to surgery or medications.

Learn more about thumb splints.