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Geriatric Arthritis Brace

Geriatric patients with knee arthritis often times are not able to have their knees replaced.  And many unloader knee braces are too cumbersome or difficult for older patients to put on and take off.  Townsend Design, a company that manufactures knee braces,  has constructed an arthritis knee brace specifically for geriatric patients.

This brace is designed to provide a gentle amount of unloading.  The top portion of the brace opens wide so it is easy to put on and take off.  There are only two straps that are simple to close and can be applied in any order.

This knee brace can provide enough comfort, pain relief, and support so geriatric patients can be more mobile during their activities of daily living.

Will insurance pay for an arthritis knee brace?  Yes.

Medicare, Medicaid, and most HMO’s and PPO’s will reimburse providers for the application of an arthritis knee brace.  The “Durable Medical Equipment” rider of the policy will explain what is covered and deductibles.

Generally health insurance will pay for a knee brace if the patient has documented osteoarthritis of the knee, and a valid prescription.  Some states require the person measuring and fitting the knee brace to have certain levels of certification.  Usually a person is eligible for a knee brace if they have not received the same or similar type of orthopedic appliance within the past three years.

Insurance is willing to reimburse for arthritis knee braces because this treatment option for osteoarthritis of the knee saves them money.  Knee braces are much less expensive than surgery.  Also, knee braces do not react with medications or cause the stomach issues commonly associated with drugs.  Sick patients cost insurance companies money.

An insurance company would much rather pay for a knee brace than to continually pay for medication or reimburse a surgeon.




Rest is Important

Rest is Important

Though exercise and weight loss are important for treating your knee osteoarthritis, don’t forget to rest.  Rest is important for the muscles, and joints you have been working.  The goal is to prevent pain, not cause it.  So know when to say when.  Listen to your body and don’t be afraid to take a day or two off if something doesn’t feel right.  Strength must be built up gradually, not all at once.

And don’t forget arthritis knee braces can help ease your pain and keep you exercising!



Walking.  It doesn’t cost anything.  It doesn’t require special equipment or a an instructional video.  You don’t need a membership to a gym.  Just get up and start.

A terrific low-impact exercise program can begin with you walking just 30 minute a day.  You can do it just about anywhere.  Malls, a trail, the beach, a long sidewalk, parks, treadmills, anywhere you can safely put one foot in front of the other.

Walking will help lubricate your joints, elevate your heart rate, and get you working up a sweat.  Walking is a great low-impact exercise that can be an effective treatment option for your knee osteoarthritis.  If your excuse for not walking is that your knee hurts, try an arthritis knee brace to relieve your pain and get you up and moving,

Arthritis Knee Brace

Arthritis Knee Brace

This post is the sixth in a series of blogs about bio mechanical knee braces.  These orthopedic appliances are used to treat unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  Knee braces are a conservative treatment option for patients looking to increase function in their arthritic knees and experience pain relief.

The Rebel Reliever Arthritis Knee Brace is intended for patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.  This unloader knee brace is built from measurements.  A prescription is required for this knee brace and it must be fit by a certified orthotist.  Don’t ever buy an unloader knee brace over the internet and try to fit it yourself.  These knee braces will change the way your knee functions.

This off loading knee brace is constructed from aircraft aluminum.  It is lightweight and strong.  It will open your joint space to provide pain relief and increase function.

Health insurance generally covers  knee braces used as treatment options for knee osteoarthritis.

Geriatric Unloader Brace

September 10, 2010
Arthritis Knee Brace

Arthritis Knee Brace

The Geriatric Unloader Brace is designed for patients with unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  This unloader knee brace works best for geriatric patients, or patients who only require a mild amount of pain relief.

This knee brace is constructed from neoprene, so it provides circumferential warmth and compression.  There is one hinge in this brace.  It is placed on the side opposite of the arthritis.  The hinge gently opens the joint space to relieve pressure and provide pain relief.

It is easy to put on and take off which is important to patients with arthritic fingers.  Also, this is the only bio mechanical knee brace on the market that does not require a prescription.  This knee brace is more substantial than a neoprene sleeve, but simple enough that a certified orthotist is not required to fit it.  This is a brace you can order yourself by taking one measurement at your knee center.

It is an inexpensive and conservative treatment option for osteoarthritis of the knee.


Hinged Arthritis Brace - Knee Cap Control

Hely & Weber’s Hinged Knee Stabilizer, 3771H, is now available from Heritage Medical Equipment.

This knee brace has a  parenthetical buttress ( ) designed for knee cap control.  The neoprene provides warmth and compression, and the hinges give extra protection and stability.  This hinged arthritis knee brace is a top-of-the-line over-the-counter knee brace.

Well made and built to last.  This treatment option for knee osteoarthritis should be at the top of your list to try.  No drugs, no surgery, no injections.

Hely & Weber 24115

Arthritis Reinforced Knee Sleeve

Hely & Weber’s Reinforced Knee Sleeve 24115 is now available on

This brace support is constructed of neoprene and is designed to provide warmth and compression to arthritic knees.  It is considerably more substantial than anything you will find at your local drug store.

These neoprene knee braces are an in-expensive treatment option for osteoarthritis.  Stop the drugs, postpone the surgery, forget the injections…try a knee brace.  This is a conservative way for you to get back on your feet and moving again.

Therion Balance MTR Knee Sleeve

Therion Balance MTR Knee Sleeve

The Therion Balance MTR Magnetic Knee Sleeve is now available at the Heritage Medical Equipment website.

Therion constructs knee sleeves with a perforated neoprene.  This brace is comfortable so it can be worn all day. It provides gentle compression and surrounds the knee with 10 ceramic magnets.

Magnetic therapy and compression can help ease the pain associated with osteoarthritis.

One of the latest innovations in osteoarthritis treatments is magnetic knee braces. Magnetic therapy has been used for centuries by everyone from the Chinese to the ancient Greeks as a form of therapy. Today over 200 million people use magnet therapy to treat myriad diseases.

The ions in your body create small electromagnetic fields, and the magnets work to keep these fields in harmony. Pain and swelling is often a result of imbalances in these fields, and magnet therapy works to restore them to their natural state. This can result in an increased concentration of nutrients and improved blood flow in the designated area.