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Knee Braces for Osteoarthritis

September 9, 2010


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.

2 Responses to “Knee Braces for Osteoarthritis”

  1. Larry says:

    I am looking for a brace that will give me just a little bit more strength to climb stairs

  2. Hi Larry. Knee braces will not give you strength, but they can provide pain relief if your knees hurt when you climb stairs. Knee braces can also offer stability if your knee gives out. What happens with your knee when you climb stairs?

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