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It’s a common misconception that arthritis braces have to be bulky and cumbersome in order to be effective. Thanks to recent innovations, braces are smaller and lighter than ever, affording people increased mobility and pain relief while still being comfortable. Some of the most effective of these new-age products are neoprene support braces.

It may seem like neoprene is too flimsy to provide any real relief, but when it comes to treating osteoarthritis, warmth and compression are two of the most important treatments, both of which a neoprene knee brace accomplishes. When you wear the neoprene brace, blood flow to the affected are increases, enhancing your body’s neurovascular system. Not only will a neoprene brace offer your amazing, instantaneous results, it’s cheap too.

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

tibial osteotomy

tibial osteotomy

Recommendation XXIII

Patients with significant symptoms from unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis may benefit from a high tibial osteotomy.

Ten out of ten existing guidelines recommend osteotomy as a treatment option.  High tibial osteotomies came into fashion during the 1960’s.  19 uncontrolled cohort studies examined 2406 osteotomies.  Good or excellent outcomes were achieved in 75% of the patients.  The overall failure rate at 10 years was 25%.

The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 75%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162