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Knees Braces Not for Rheumatoid Arthritis

June 24, 2012

 

 

An arthritic knee brace generally should not be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.  Rheumatoid arthritis is the chemical breakdown of cartilage, and most knee braces can’t do much to make a joint affected by this condition feel better.  An unloading knee brace is indicated for osteoarthritis.  Since osteoarthritis is the mechanical breakdown of cartilage, a knee brace that changes the biomechanics of the knee joint can shift the body weight the knee joint absorbs from the unhealthy part of the cartilage to the healthier side.  When a knee is affected by rheumatoid generally the entire mass of cartilage is affected not just one specific side.

So beware of advertisements that explain a knee brace can help with rheumatoid arthritis.



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