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OA Knee Braces and High Deductibles

June 24, 2014
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Millions of Americans have high deductibles.  Deductibles on many health insurance policies have become prohibitive.  Reaching a $4500 out-of-pocket deductible isn’t feasible for many of us.  So if you’re prescribed an unloading knee brace for your osteoarthritis, what do you do?  A custom knee brace can cost as much as $1200, an off-the-shelf OA knee brace can easily run $700.  If you haven’t met your deductible payment for this type of durable medical equipment will have to come out of your pocket.

There is a simple way to handle this.  20 years ago, knee braces for osteoarthritis had to be fit by certified medical professionals.  Knee braces were custom built from positive cast molds of individual patient’s legs.  Over the years knee brace manufacturers have improved their techniques of designing effective knee braces that can fit and treat a wide array of patients and conditions.  All you need to know is the circumference of your thigh and which side of your knee the arthritis affects.  Ask your doctor if the arthritis is on the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) of your knee.  You can order an inexpensive, high quality brace over the internet.  If you have questions, email your doctor the product information.  Ask your doctor if the brace is right for you.  You shouldn’t pay more than $175 for an unloading knee brace purchased over the internet.

You can also try a simple neoprene sleeve.   An arthritis knee sleeve will provide warmth and compression to an arthritic knee.  That will make your knee feel better.  A knee sleeve can cost under $20!

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2 Responses to “OA Knee Braces and High Deductibles”

  1. Greg says:

    What a HORRIBLE recommendation. To relieve the pain from OA, the brace needs to provide pressure to unload the joint. This cannot occur with a neoprene sleeve. The adage you get what you pay for certainly applies

  2. Unloader knee braces are certainly effective. But for some people a neoprene sleeve may be all they can afford. A neoprene knee sleeve will not unloader a knee joint, but the warmth and compression will make a knee feel better. The skin is the body’s largest organ, the sleeve will provide warmth, compression and support.

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