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What is Neoprene?

April 6, 2010

Neoprene, or polychloroprene, is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene. It is used in a wide variety of applications, such as in wetsuits, laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces (wrist, knee, etc.), electrical insulation, liquid and sheet applied elastomeric membranes or flashings, and car fan belts.

One of the best known uses for neoprene fabric is for wetsuits in scuba diving. Neoprene is also commonly used in wading boots for fishermen since it protects the skin from cold water. Laboratory workers may use neoprene gloves to protect their hands from acids, chemicals, solvents and oils. Kayakers and people who participate in cold-weather activities may also wear waterproof neoprene gloves, sometimes lined with fleece, to protect their hands from cold water, ice and snow. There are also a variety of athletic braces constructed from the material, including support braces.

The Best OA Knee Pain Relief

Best Medicine for Knee OA

It is well documented that one of the most effective treatments to decrease pain in arthritic knees is weight loss.

Losing only 15 pounds can decrease knee pain by half and slow the progression of the disease.

The problem many patients have is a catch-22.  They need to lose weight but their painful knees prevent them from exercising.  Conservative treatments like joint supplements and knee braces can help!  The idea is to help you walk a little farther, sweat a little more, or exercise a little longer.  The cumulative effect over time can help you lose weight thus making your knees feel better.