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Bio Mechanical Knee Braces are used to relieve pain and increase function in knees afflicted with osteoarthritis.  This type of knee brace is called by different names:  off-loading knee brace, unloading knee brace, varus / valgus knee brace, and osteoarthritis knee brace.  This post is the first in a series about bio mechanical knee braces that treat unicompartmental osteoarthritis.

This type of knee brace is a biomechanical solution to a biomechanical disease.  If you are familiar with how a fulcrum works then you can grasp how these knee braces function.  Unloading knee braces apply three-point-pressure to arthritic knees and open the joint space.  This opening reduces the amount of pressure compressing the worn cartilage.

Arthritis knee braces are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most HMO’s and PPO’s.  If you have DME coverage on your health insurance policy it is likely you are eligible for an unloading knee brace.

These knee braces do a lot of work and should only be fit by a certified orthotist.  They will change the way your knee moves and functions.


Osteoarthritis of the knee effects your anatomy in several ways.  Misalignment of the joint is a common problem. It isn’t possible for medications or topical treatments to correct this condition, so a proven option is to wear a hinged brace. These high-tech, bio-mechanical devices change how your weight is distributed across the knee joint, providing instant relief and reducing pressure.

The brace applies pressure both above and below the knee, opening the joint and reducing friction on the bones. Numerous studies over the last 20 years have proven this type of treatment to be effective in correcting knee alignment and relieving swelling and discomfort in the joint. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, braces of this nature “may provide a significant reduction in knee pain for patients with unicompartmental osteoarthritis when properly fit.”

When my doctor first advised me to wear neoprene knee sleeves to treat my osteoarthritis, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. I mean, how much support and pain relief could a flimsy piece of equipment like that provide? But after wearing the knee brace for just a few days, I found myself eating crow.

During my next visit to the doctor, she informed me that the warmth and compression from the neoprene brace prevents swelling and promotes blood flow to the knee, which facilitates the transportation of oxygen and nutrients. And while the brace may not look like it, it actually provides a good deal of stabilization around the joint. Best of all, it’s affordable and simple, unlike other remedies I’ve tried for my OA.