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As one of the most complex joints in the body, filled with a litany of connective tissue, the knee is extremely susceptible to damage. Whether you’re recovering from a knee injury or suffering arthritis of the knee, stabilizing the joint is essential to ensuring long-term health. One of the best ways to protect yourself against damage is by increasing strength in the joint.

This can be accomplished through a variety of exercises, and since the knee is so multifaceted, it’s necessary to work it from numerous angles. In addition to strengthening the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the joint, it’s also a good idea to wear knee braces, especially during physical activity. Braces work to compress the tissue around the knee, adding stability and protection.


At the 2010 Annual American Orthotic and Prosthetic National Assembly, the subject of bracing the arthritic knee received some much needed attention.  The audience of certified brace fitters, orthotists, and bracing professionals was presented with a question.

“Where are all of your prescriptions for OA Knee braces?”

The presentation examined the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s (AAOS) Treatment Guideline for knee osteoarthritis and the AAOS Position Statement on Knee Bracing.  A contradiction in the two publications was discussed.

The point of the presentation was that knee bracing is losing market share to medications.  Even though knee bracing is effective and safe (nobody has ever died from a knee brace), doctors opt to keep prescribing medications to treat osteoarthritis.

Tom McGovern has been working with osteoarthritis knee braces for over 15 years.  He was reached for comment after his presentation:

Knee braces for Osteoarthritis work, and in many cases offer instant pain relief.”  McGovern said.  “Patients looking to postpone surgery or who are experiencing negative side effects from medications should consider knee bracing.”