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Global Knee Brace

March 14, 2017

Global Knee Brace


  • For Bi-Compartmental OA
  • For Tri-Compartmental OA
  • Range-of-Motion Hinges
  • Provides Stability
  • Assists in Mobility



The Global Knee addresses pain, provides stability, and assists in mobility.  There is often a significant amount of time that passes from when a patient is told they need to have their knee replaced and the actual surgery.  This knee brace helps patients during that time.

The Patella Sling controls the patella with an inferior to superior directional pull.  There are adjustable struts that can be molded with bending irons (not included) to accommodate swollen knees and apply a varus or valgus force.  There’s a removable buttress that can be adjusted for each patient’s needs.

Reinforced hinge pockets provide durability and double as a built-in pull-up assist.  The Global knee is constructed of breathable lycra urethane laminate and spacer fabric.  The range-of-motion hinges are slightly offset to accommodate inflamed bulbous knees.


  • Arthritis
  • Global Knee Pain
  • Bi-Compartmental OA
  • Tri-Compartmental OA



Take two measurements.

Measure the circumference of the leg at the calf and thigh.

Size                    Calf Circumference       Thigh Circumference

X- Small                  11″ – 13″                             15″ – 17″

Small                    12.5″ – 13.5″                        16″ – 18″

Medium                13.5″ – 15.5″                        17.5″ – 19.5″

Large                    14.5″ – 16.5″                        18.5″ – 20.5″

X Large                 16.5″ – 19″                           19.5″ – 22″

2X Large               18″ – 20.5″                           20.5″ – 23″

3X Large               19″ – 22″                               24″ – 27″

The more you weigh, the more your knees hurt

The more you weigh, the more your knees hurt

Almost 50% of people living in the United States will develop osteoarthritis of the knee by the age of 85.  That number jumps to 66% in the obese.  A study performed at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that a person’s risk to develop knee OA increases as their body mass index increases.

The study suggested that those at the greatest risk were people who had normal body weight at the age of eighteen but gained weight and became obese became by the time they were 45 or older.

So how do you exercise and lose weight if your knee hurts?  Knee braces work.  Knee braces are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most major HMOs and PPOs.

Avoid Surgery

Avoid Surgery

Dr. David Hunter from New England Baptist Hospital in Boston and University of Sydney in Australia recently published a study in Arthritis Care & Research.  “Quality of Osteoarthritis Management and the Need for Reform in the US” is research aimed at drawing attention to the fact that health care professionals in the United States often treat the pain and try to increase function in arthritic knees, but seldom try to improve joint structure or try to work with patients on long-term solutions.

The authors of this study recommend conservative treatment options for knee OA, especially avoiding pharmacological solutions.  “Weight management and exercise programs tend to be overlooked by clinicians,” said Dr. Hunter.  “These conservative approaches are beneficial to patients who adhere to weight-loss and exercise programs.”

The study examined prior research on treating osteoarthritis of the knee and found that up to 30% of surgeries are inappropriate!  And as we discussed on this blog arthroscopy should be avoided as a treatment option for knee OA – it doesn’t work yet orthopedic surgeons still perform the operation – every day.

Weight loss and exercise are the best treatment options for knee OA – how many more studies have to be conducted on the subject?  Joint health supplements, and knee braces are conservative treatments that will help you get up and moving.



116,00 patients takings non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were studied by The British Journal of Medicine.  This recent publication states that taking certain medications, like celecoxib, will increase the risk of cardiovascular events in patients, especially as the dosage increases.  Celecoxib is sold as Celebrex by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Pfizer is the world’s largest drug maker.  In 2004 Pfizer spent $117 Million in advertising Celebrex.  In 2005 the FDA forced a moratorium on Pfizer’s advertising efforts of Celebrex because of the cardiovascular risks.  Sales of Celebrex plummeted by $1.7 BILLION.  Four months later the advertising ban was lifted.

Now Pfizer must print that “Celebrex may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death” on every box sold.   Consumer groups have launched campaigns in magazines that Pfizer should be forced to stop selling Celebrex, not encouraging people to use it.

So why have you never heard of treating knee osteoarthritis with a knee brace?  Because the companies that manufacture them are small.  They cannot compete with big pharma.  Pfizer spent $117 million on advertising one single drug in 2004.  The companies that manufacture braces to treat osteoarthritis measure their advertising budgets in the tens of thousands.  Billions and billions of dollars are spent annually to treat osteoarthritis.  Half of one percent of that money is spent on bracing.

Talk to your doctor, do your homework, and try conservative treatments for your knee OA.  There are much safer options than drugs.  NSAIDs kill.  Knee braces do not.

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.

Hely & Weber 24115

Arthritis Reinforced Knee Sleeve

Hely & Weber’s Reinforced Knee Sleeve 24115 is now available on

This brace support is constructed of neoprene and is designed to provide warmth and compression to arthritic knees.  It is considerably more substantial than anything you will find at your local drug store.

These neoprene knee braces are an in-expensive treatment option for osteoarthritis.  Stop the drugs, postpone the surgery, forget the injections…try a knee brace.  This is a conservative way for you to get back on your feet and moving again.

obese man walking

small steps - big results

University of Massachusetts – Biomechanics and Energy Metabolism Laboratories:  Associates at the lab note that being overweight is the one risk associated with osteoarthritis that a patient can most easily change.  The lab is working on a walking program for obese people that increases the amount of energy a person uses (promoting weight loss) and minimizes the wear and tear on arthritic knees.

The idea is to walk with short, fast steps.  The results compared to “normal” walking is a small but significant increase in energy usage.  This may be beneficial for obese people in losing weight and managing their knee osteoarthritis.

Think about this, what if patients in the study used knee braces while walking?  Could they walk even farther and expend more energy?  Maybe the next study will look at this….

Russell EM, Braun B, Hamill J. Does stride length influence metabolic cost and biomechanical risk factors for knee osteoarthritis in obese women?  Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2010 Mar 1; [Epub ahead of print].


There are few products available to treat osteoarthritis that offer immediate pain relief.  Custom knee braces make that short list.  These knee braces offer a bio-mechanical solution to a bio-mechanical problem.  Unloading knee braces actually shift your body weight from the damaged cartilage in your knee.  The hinge and shells absorb some of the pressure, and the rest is transferred to the healthy cartilage on the opposite side of your knee.  These braces work.  And for most patients the results are immediate!  Knee braces for OA have been available for over twenty years and there is a lot of valid science proving their efficacy.  Medicare, Medicaid, and most major HMO’s and PPO’s pay for this type of medical device.  Be sure to be fit by a certified orthotist.  Custom arthritis knee braces should not be ordered over the internet.

Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory

NSAIDs are medications used to treat pain and swelling. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are NSAIDs. The term “non-steroidal” separates these drugs from “steroids” which also reduce pain and swelling.

Adverse reactions to NSAIDs within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract like ulcers, discomfort, and bleeding result for up to 100,000 hospital admissions every year. There may also be up to 16,000 deaths related to GI issues stemming from NSAID use.

Conservative treatments like knee braces can help reduce dependence on NSAIDs.

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.