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Posts Tagged ‘knee sleeve’

Knee Support

Knee Support

 

A simple knee sleeve can help with knee pain.  If you are new to the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis a good place to start is with a basic knee sleeve.  Knee braces come in lots of different shapes and sizes.  That’s because a lot can go wring with the knee joint.  Knee braces can come with hinges, straps, donut knee cap buttresses, range-of-motion dials, and magnets.  All these features have their merits but they’re not always necessary.

If you have mild knee pain associated with osteoarthritis a knee sleeve is a great treatment option.  A knee sleeve will provide warmth and compression.  This will make an arthritic knee feel better by increasing blood flow to the joint and by reducing swelling.  You don’t need hinges or anything that complicated.  Try a knee sleeve over Advil or aspirin.  You’re going to have osteoarthritis for a long time, so you want to postpone taking medications until it’s absolutely necessary.  Nobody has ever died from wearing a knee brace, or developed an ulcer, or destroyed their liver.  That happens with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

A knee sleeve is an inexpensive treatment option that is safe and effective.

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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.



A squat produces high forces on the knee when it is bent.  This puts a lot of friction on the knee.

Osteoarthritis usually develops as the result of mechanical stress.  This means that while some people are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, everyone is susceptible to it.  While certain people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, certain activities have been shown to increase the risk.  Specifically, exercises involving large or repetitive forces on the knee.  If done appropriately, exercise can be helpful for osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, excessive exercise can be harmful.

Exercises like squatting and running can hurt your cartilage.  Each squat or jarring landing can cause micro-trauma, leading to inflammation.  Inflammation leads to osteoarthritis of the knee.  Squats are particularly dangerous for individuals with osteoarthritis because of the significant forces placed on the knee while it is bent.  This pressure can tear your cartilage.

A neoprene knee sleeve can be helpful for individuals with knee osteoarthritis.  It can support the knee and restrict motion at the most extreme angles.  This reduces shear forces on the cartilage.  Neoprene knee sleeves can also support the knee while running.  This reduces the impact on the cartilage from each step, minimizing the micro-trauma and bringing down the swelling and inflammation in the knee.



How do I measure my leg for a knee sleeve?  It’s easy.  Generally speaking to choose the correct size knee brace for yourself you need the circumference of your knee and/or thigh.

The circumference is the distance around your leg.  If you have a tape measure just wrap it around your knee.  Don’t squeeze it tight, your skin shouldn’t “rope” around the tape.  A little less than snug is what you’re looking for.

If you don’t have a tape measure wrap a piece of string around your knee, and then measure the string against a ruler.