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OA and simple bracing

June 1, 2013
Arthritis Knee Sleeve

Simple neoprene sleeves may be very helpful in treating knee pain. They provide subtle support for the knee-cap and help it to track in the proper alignment.

Knee pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the USA, and can impair many activities of daily living and reduce quality of life.  Knee pain due to osteoarthritis is often treated chemically (with drugs like acetaminophen or ibuprophen) or surgically (with knee replacements).  While both treatments can be highly effective, they present risks that may further damage the knee or the whole person.  Typically, drug treatments carry risks of systemic side-effects, while surgical failures present more local damage to the body.

In the coming weeks, we will propose an alternative style of treatment that can protect you from surgical and pharmaceutical treatments.  We will introduce orthotic knee bracing as a safe, effective treatment option, that deserves greater consideration.  We at osteoarthritisblog hope that you will try out knee bracing before risking other more common, but more dangerous approaches to osteoarthritis.

The simplest variety of knee bracing is the neoprene knee sleeve.  Recent research out of the University of Manchester found that 100% of 126 patients that used simple knee bracing for their knee osteoarthritis improved significantly within six weeks.  There is also evidence that neoprene sleeves allow for improved safety and stability while exercising, which can help to build muscles that protect the knee.  In other words:  knee bracing may provide improvements that persist after the brace is removed.

So before you buy some more tylenol, and way before you go in for a knee replacement, try out a simple knee brace like a neoprene sleeve.  It can’t hurt, and it just might change your life.



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