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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.

 

 



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.

 



Global Knee Brace

March 14, 2017

Global Knee Brace

Overview

  • For Bi-Compartmental OA
  • For Tri-Compartmental OA
  • Range-of-Motion Hinges
  • Provides Stability
  • Assists in Mobility

 

Description

The Global Knee addresses pain, provides stability, and assists in mobility.  There is often a significant amount of time that passes from when a patient is told they need to have their knee replaced and the actual surgery.  This knee brace helps patients during that time.

The Patella Sling controls the patella with an inferior to superior directional pull.  There are adjustable struts that can be molded with bending irons (not included) to accommodate swollen knees and apply a varus or valgus force.  There’s a removable buttress that can be adjusted for each patient’s needs.

Reinforced hinge pockets provide durability and double as a built-in pull-up assist.  The Global knee is constructed of breathable lycra urethane laminate and spacer fabric.  The range-of-motion hinges are slightly offset to accommodate inflamed bulbous knees.

Indications

  • Arthritis
  • Global Knee Pain
  • Bi-Compartmental OA
  • Tri-Compartmental OA

 

Sizing

Take two measurements.

Measure the circumference of the leg at the calf and thigh.

Size                    Calf Circumference       Thigh Circumference

X- Small                  11″ – 13″                             15″ – 17″

Small                    12.5″ – 13.5″                        16″ – 18″

Medium                13.5″ – 15.5″                        17.5″ – 19.5″

Large                    14.5″ – 16.5″                        18.5″ – 20.5″

X Large                 16.5″ – 19″                           19.5″ – 22″

2X Large               18″ – 20.5″                           20.5″ – 23″

3X Large               19″ – 22″                               24″ – 27″



Arthritis Knee Brace

February 27, 2017

Arthritis Knee Brace

  • Hinged Knee Brace
  • Circumferential Straps
  • Knee Cap Control Buttress
  • Multi-Position Hinges
  • Pull Up Loops
  • Open Patella
  • Covered Hinges

Description

This support brace is constructed of 1/8″ neoprene, to provide warmth and compression. This increases blood flow to your arthritic joint. The knee support is constructed with a felt buttress designed to control and protect your knee cap. The aluminum hinges work in conjunction with the neoprene to help stabilize and protect your knee joint.  People with arthritis in the knees often have arthritis in their hands.  This is a knee brace that is easy to take on and take off – a blessing for people with arthritic fingers.

Indications

  • Pre and Post-Operative MCL/LCL Care
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Moderate ACL/PCL Sprains & Strains
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Instability

Sizing

Measure the Circumference at Knee Center with the Leg Fully Extended

Extra Small:      12″ – 13″
Small:                13″ – 14″
Medium:           14″ – 15″
Large:                15″ – 16″
Extra Large:      16″ – 18″
2X Large:          18″ – 20″
3X Large:          20″ – 22″
4X Large:          22″ – 24″



Proper Cane Use

February 8, 2017

How to safely use a cane on level surfaces:
  1. The cane should be held on your “good”  side to support the “bad” side.
  2. Step first with the “bad” leg, bringing the cane forward at the same time.
  3. Lean on the cane as needed.


cmc-arthritis-brace

The CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace is a great solution for people with thumb arthritis who work on a keyboard all day.  The thumb brace provides pain relief while allowing a full range of mobility.

It is a low profile thumb brace, so it doesn’t interfere with typing or data entry.  This brace is easy to clean and easy to wear.

Cut down on your pain medication and try a non-invasive solution for your thumb pain.



The Global Knee Brace

December 27, 2016

global-knee

Overview

  • For Bi-Compartmental OA
  • For Tri-Compartmental OA
  • Range-of-Motion Hinges
  • Provides Stability
  • Assists in Mobility

 

Description

The Global Knee addresses pain, provides stability, and assists in mobility.  There is often a significant amount of time that passes from when a patient is told they need to have their knee replaced and the actual surgery.  This knee brace helps patients during that time.

The Patella Sling controls the patella with an inferior to superior directional pull.  There are adjustable struts that can be molded with bending irons (not included) to accommodate swollen knees and apply a varus or valgus force.  There’s a removable buttress that can be adjusted for each patient’s needs.

Reinforced hinge pockets provide durability and double as a built-in pull-up assist.  The Global knee is constructed of breathable lycra urethane laminate and spacer fabric.  The range-of-motion hinges are slightly offset to accommodate inflamed bulbous knees.

Indications

  • Arthritis
  • Global Knee Pain
  • Bi-Compartmental OA
  • Tri-Compartmental OA

 

Sizing

Take two measurements.

Measure the circumference of the leg at the calf and thigh.

Size                    Calf Circumference       Thigh Circumference

X- Small                  11″ – 13″                             15″ – 17″

Small                    12.5″ – 13.5″                        16″ – 18″

Medium                13.5″ – 15.5″                        17.5″ – 19.5″

Large                    14.5″ – 16.5″                        18.5″ – 20.5″

X Large                 16.5″ – 19″                           19.5″ – 22″

2X Large               18″ – 20.5″                           20.5″ – 23″

3X Large               19″ – 22″                               24″ – 27″



Ice Pack Wrap

December 14, 2016

cold-therapy-wrap

Ice packs are an effective treatment option for knee osteoarthritis for several reasons.  Ice will decrease swelling in the knee.  Also, cold therapy will slow the release of chemicals within the body that cause pain and inflammation.  Cold also reduces that ability of nerve endings to conduct pain impulses.  Ice will also limit the ability of muscles to reduce spasms.

An ice pack wrap is an effective means of delivering cold therapy to an arthritic knee.



Get Up and Walk

December 7, 2016
Lifestyle Modification

    Walking Helps the Knees

Walking can hurt. However, it doesn’t cost much, can be done most places, and can be quite helpful.  Walking allows the knee to move through a normal range of motion with low impact on joints. You only need time and effort to go for a walk – this can also help you lose weight.  Your knee arthritis isn’t going to get better by itself.

Walk on an even surface like a track or treadmill.  Shopping malls provide stable walking conditions, as well as heat or air conditioning. Increase your distance or time as your knee grows stronger.  One step a t a time….