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Knee Pain Relief

Knee Pain Relief

 

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 unloader knee brace for your osteoarthritis, what do you do?  A custom unloader 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, unloader knee braces had to be fit my certified medical professionals.  Knee braces were custom built from positive cast molds of individual patient’s legs.  Over the years the manufacturers of unloader knee braces 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 unloader 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!

Knee Support

Knee Support



Knee Pain Relief

Unloader Knee Brace

 

We get a lot of questions about Unloader knee braces being sold on e-bay and Craig’s list.  Let’s be clear.  Do not buy someone else’s unloader knee brace.

Unloader knee braces can either be custom built for a specific person, or off-the shelf.  If you are looking to buy a custom unloader that someone is selling on-line the only way it will work is if you are the same exact size as the person who the brace was built for,  your arthritis affects the same knee, in the same exact place.  The chances of that are remote.

Now if you buy an off-the-shelf unloader brace you may have a little more success, but not much.  You still have to be the same size of the person who previously wore the brace, the arthritis must affect the same knee, and in the same exact place.  Your odds of having a successful outcome are still slim.

Buying a used knee brace is like buying someone else’s socks.  The liners of the brace were up against the person’s skin.  There’s sweat, dead skin, bacteria…is the money you save really worth it?

A new unloader knee brace can cost you as little as $155.45.

 

 



Pain Relief

Pain Relief From a Knee Brace

 

Unloader knee braces have been used for over twenty years as a treatment for unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  There are published studies that prove a knee brace can relieve knee pain, reduce the amount of medications patients take for pain relief, increase knee function, and reduce the amount of load placed on the knee joint.  Unloader knee braces work best when the arthritis is affecting one side of the knee.  The brace will actually absorb some of the load placed on your knee joint by your body weight and also absorb some of the load so the affected compartment isn’t pinched.

An unloader knee brace is not a cure.  This treatment option is meant to buy some time.  An unloader knee brace can help your knee pain enough to get you up and moving.  If your knee doesn’t hurt you can take less medications.  See the big picture?  Wear the unloader knee brace, reduce your knee pain, reduce the amount of medications you take, lose weight, postpone surgery…

A knee brace is an inexpensive treatment option that won’t hurt you.  Nobody has ever got sick or died from trying a knee brace.  Drugs and surgery have adverse side effects.  You know this.  Doing nothing and hoping your knee pain goes away by itself isn’t much of an option either.  By trying an unloader knee brace you are taking a proactive role in your healthcare.

 

 



Knee Pain Relief

Knee Pain Relief

 

An unloader knee brace is a proven treatment option for unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  It will relieve (unload) the pressure on an arthritic knee joint.  Pain relief is achieved by dispersing the pressure a person’s body weight puts on their knee every time they take a step.  The knee brace absorbs some of the pressure, and some of the pressure is transferred to the opposite side of the knee.

This unloading will provide knee pain relief.  Many patients can tell if an unloader knee bace is working the moment they put it on.  An instant reduction in pain is common.  An unloader knee brace with a neoprene or elastic sleeve will provide warmth and compression.  Our skin is the largest organ in our body.  The contact of the material alone will make an arthritic knee feel better.  When you add a bit of unloading, a knee brace can reduce pain, and provide protection and stability to an arthritic knee joint.

Does the inside of your knee hurt when you go up and down stairs?  An unloader knee brace can help keep you mobile.  No drugs, no surgery.  Unloader knee braces are worth trying.



Knee Pain Relief

Knee Pain Relief

The new Unloader Knee Brace is now available at Heritage Medical Equipment.  This knee brace is indicated for patients who experience knee pain due to arthritis on one side of their knee or the other.  This unloader knee brace (also called an off-loading knee brace) applies pressure to the knee that opens (or unloads) the joint space.  Pain is relieved by opening the joint space.

Most unloader knee braces cost over $1000.  This is an inexpensive alternative that should absolutely be tried before spending big money at an orthopedic clinic.  This brace will apply warmth, compression, and gentle unloading to arthritic knees.

The top and bottom of this unloader brace have independent closures which make it easy to put on and take off.  Relieve your knee pain without drugs, without surgery, and without expensive custom knee orthotics.

 



The KineSpring system unloads the medial compartment throughout a broad range of motion.

Moximed’s KineSpring system was developed as a surgical intervention for osteoarthritis of the knee that is not as severe as a joint replacement.  If the medial compartment of the knee is under abnormal stresses, it can lead to extreme knee pain.  This pain, and the osteoarthritis that causes it, is often treated with anti-inflammatories, rest, diet, exercise, and ultimately a partial or total knee replacement.  This final stage of treatment, the joint replacement surgery, is highly traumatic.  Joint replacements involve the removal of entire sections of bone to be replaced by metallic prosthetics.

Instead of removing damaged bone, the KineSpring system offers an implantable spring that could let the injured tissue heal.  The spring unloads the medial compartment of the knee throughout a broad range of knee motion, allowing high user function while promoting tissue repair.  This is especially important because knee motion is crucial to bone and cartilage growth.  If you are considering a medial compartment knee joint replacement, the KineSpring may be a less severe and similarly effective alternative.

But do not mistake this post as an endorsement of the KineSpring system for osteoarthritis of the medial compartment.  The KineSpring is a surgical replication of an orthotic solution.  In other words, a medial unloader knee brace offers all of the benefits of the KineSpring system without the needless risk of undergoing surgery.  So if you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, ask your doctor about orthotic solutions before you move on to surgical ones.  Braces are safer, less expensive, and far more easily removed than surgical implantations.



Medial Unloader

 

Knee pain is treated with many different braces, depending on the source of knee pain.  Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common diagnosis, and can occur in several variations.  One common type is called “unicompartmental osteoarthritis”.  This means that the osteoarthritis primarily effects one side of the knee (usually the side closer to the other leg).  If you have this type of knee osteoarthritis, then a medial unloader knee brace may be right for you.

A medial unloader knee brace supports the weight the would pass through the injured compartment.  It also redirects some of the remaining forces through the other compartment of the knee.  This reduces the stress on the osteoarthritis.  The medial unloader brace can help without restricting motion at the knee.  In fact a recent study by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute found that a medial unloader brace can improve function and reduce the need for pain and anti-inflammatory medications.

If you have persistent pain on one side of your knee, then the medial unloader brace may be right for you.  Braces make great solutions because they are mechanical, and not physiological solutions.  This means that the side effects are minimal, and adjustments can be made as necessary without the risk of systemic problems.



Geriatric Arthritis Brace

Geriatric patients with knee arthritis often times are not able to have their knees replaced.  And many unloader knee braces are too cumbersome or difficult for older patients to put on and take off.  Townsend Design, a company that manufactures knee braces,  has constructed an arthritis knee brace specifically for geriatric patients.

This brace is designed to provide a gentle amount of unloading.  The top portion of the brace opens wide so it is easy to put on and take off.  There are only two straps that are simple to close and can be applied in any order.

This knee brace can provide enough comfort, pain relief, and support so geriatric patients can be more mobile during their activities of daily living.



What’s the difference between a medial unloader knee brace and a lateral unloader knee brace?  The difference between the two knee braces is what side of the knee joint the brace is trying to help.

An unloader knee brace is intended to treat one side of an arthritic knee joint, either the medial or the lateral. Medial refers to the inside of your knee, lateral refers to the outside.  So a medial unloader will decrease pain on the inside of your knee while a lateral unloader treats pain on the outside of your knee.

The hinge and shells of these knee braces absorb the majority of your body weight as you walk and step.  However there is some transference of body weight to the opposite compartment of the knee joint.  So if you are wearing a medial unloader, you are shifting more of your body weight to the outside compartment thus unloading the inside compartment of your knee.  That is why it is very important that you get the correct knee brace for your arthritic condition.  If you unload the wrong side you will end up putting more pressure on the side that hurts – that means more pain, not less.

How do you make sure you are getting the right unloader knee brace?  Let the people trained in biomechanics and anatomy do their jobs.  Go see a doctor and get a specific diagnosis.  Have the doctor write a prescription.  Then take the prescription to a certified orthotist.



Medial Unloader

An unloader knee brace works best when treating an arthritic knee where one side of the knee is affected more severely than the other.  Knee braces that provide medial support help relieve pain on the inside of your knee.

In most cases of unicompartmental osteoarthritis, the medial compartment or the inside of the knee is affected.  This is due largely to the way the knee functions, the angle of the hips,  and how body weight is distributed across the joint.

Knee Braces Medial Support

Click on the above link to see a wide selection of unloader knee braces.  These knee braces offer a bio-mechanical solution to a bio-mechanical problem.  Unloader knee braces are proven to relieve pain and increase function in patients with medial compartment osteoarthritis.