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Global Knee Brace

Weight loss and exercise are two of the best treatment options for knee osteoarthritis.  There are certainly drugs, injections, hyaluronic acid, and surgeries – all with their associated risks.  However weight loss and exercise are free – no insurance companies, no doctors, no pharmacies…just get up and walk.  However it can be a catch 22.  If your knee hurts, how can you walk?  A knee brace can be a great solution.  There are different types of knee braces for osteoarthritis.  Some knee braces require a prescription, some can be purchased in a sporting good store.  Some knee braces will be covered by your health insurance, and some won’t.  Check with your doctor about which knee brace is right for you.

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Knee OA

A doctor should examine your knee to diagnose knee osteoarthritis.  Your doctor will know your medical history and document any symptoms.  It is a good idea to keep a “pain diary” so you can explain to your doctor exactly when your knee hurts, and during which activities.  It may help to ask your family members if they experience knee pain.

Your doctor may order x-rays or MRI scans to take a look at the inside of your knee.  It’s important to start with your primary care physician and document each and every visit, treatment, and resulting tests and scans surrounding your knee pain.  Your health insurance will look to deny every claim you make.  Don’t take it personally, that’s just what they do.  Document every thing.  Every person you talk to, times, and dates.  Information is power when it comes to working with health insurance companies.

 



Knee Pain due to OA

Knee Osteoarthritis can have the following symptoms:

  • Pain – knee pain that increases during activity.  The pain can recede with rest.
  • Swelling
  • Warmth in the joint
  • Morning knee stiffness, or the knee may get stiff when sitting for a while
  • Mobility issues – it may be difficult to climb stairs, step up curbs, or get in and out of a car or chair
  • Cracking sounds when the knee bends

 



Knee Arthritis

Knee Arthritis

Age is the most common cause of knee osteoarthritis.  Just about everyone will develop some degree of osteoarthritis as they get older.   But there are factors that increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis earlier in life.

  • Age – the older you get get, the more brittle cartilage becomes.  It also is harder for cartilage to heal as you age.
  • Weight – The more you weigh, the more pressure you put on your knee joints.  Extra weight on your body means your knees have to work harder.
  • Heredity – Osteoarthritis can run in your family.
  • Injury – If you’ve had a knee injury you are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis.
  • Gender – Women are more likely than men to develop knee OA.  It has to do with the shape of the hips.
  • Athletics – Athletes that engage in high-impact exercises over long periods of time can wear out their knees.
  • Other illnesses – Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, and metabolic disorders can predispose people to osteoarthritis.