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This morning I had to fast for a doctor’s appointment – water only for 12 hours.  The hardest part was not having coffee.  So directly after my blood was drawn I went to my friend’s deli.  Large black coffee and a bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll with salt, pepper, and ketchup in case you’re wondering.

Thomas is one of the deli owners and I’ve known him for years.  He took my order and called it into the kitchen.  The breakfast rush was over and lunch was still a couple hours away so we had a few minutes to catch up.

Tom was limping and wearing a basic knee sleeve.  He explained that he had been fishing all weekend and spent a couple days in moderate swells being bounced around on a friend’s boat.  The end result was a stiff knee and a noticeable limp.  There wasn’t any trauma just regular wear and tear.  Thomas in his in his late forties and spends most of the day on his feet, so a bad knee is a bit more than an inconvenience.

Tom has a family and didn’t have time to rest after his fishing trip.  He went directly from the boat to his fatherly duties, and then went to bed.  He woke up and then went directly to work.  Tom knew nothing about RICE.  RICE stands for Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.  RICE is good for knee pain caused by arthritis or a minor injury.

I explained RICE to Tom.  He said he hopes his schedule will allow him to try it.

Good luck Tom.  My fear is that if you don’t find the time, your knee will find it for you.

Now there’s a time to rest and a time to exercise.  Listen to your body.  It will usually let you know when it’s time for what.

Knee Support

September 3, 2012

Knee Support

Knee support braces made from neoprene are common treatment options for osteoarthritis.  It is important these knee braces have covered seams because lots of times loose threads on the brace can cause irritation.  Also the edges of these knee braces should be bound.  The binding gives the braces a much cleaner look and also ensures the braces last longer.

A neoprene knee support should last about one year.

How long will a neoprene knee sleeve last?  The answer to this question depends on several factors.

1.  How often will you wear your neoprene knee sleeve?

2.  What activities will you be participating in?

3.  How is the knee brace cared for?

4.  How well does the neoprene knee sleeve fit?

5.  How is the brace constructed?

Generally speaking expect to get a year out of a neoprene sleeve with regular use.  However if you are installing carpet for a living, participating in extreme sports, or wearing an inexpensive brace expect a shorter lifespan.

With neoprene knee braces you get what you pay for.  A product with nylon coating will make a brace more comfortable and durable.  Stitching and quality of neoprene will also play an important role.