Archive for the ‘Unloader Knee Braces’ Category
Buying gifts for friends and family is something we do all year long. If you’re anything like me then you have a long list of people to shop for. Dealing with the traffic and the crowds at the mall probably don’t have you looking forward to it. Luckily, lower shipping costs and faster delivery times have finally made online shopping a reality for people around the world. High quality pain relief products are no exception.
If you have someone in your life who suffers from osteoarthritis in the knees then you know how painful their day to day lives can become. From the simple act of getting out of bed to walking across a room, the simplest tasks take on a new challenge. Arthritis pain can be oppressive, and can cause us to become sedentary or withdrawn. You can help your loved ones escape the cycle of arthritis pain with a supportive knee brace designed to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with knee arthritis. Give a gift that says you really care this holiday season and they’ll thank you for it.
For those suffering with arthritis in the knees you know what a painful and difficult process it can be to simply take a few steps. With that kind of frustration it’s easy to become discouraged and beat yourself up for taking walking for granted. But it’s not all bad news anymore. Recent advances in medical science, engineering and technology have finally made products to improve our lives more affordable than ever. And that holds true for arthritis sufferers as well.
With arthritis knee braces you can provide exactly the amount of corrective force you need to make walking and moving about easier and more enjoyable. You don’t have to dread doing chores or heading out for the day when you can do it with less pain and more relief. The advanced, lightweight and breathable fabrics also make using one of these modern marvels a lot more comfortable than most people would think. So stop suffering through knee pain and start enjoying your life the way it was meant to be enjoyed!
At the 2010 Annual American Orthotic and Prosthetic National Assembly, the subject of bracing the arthritic knee received some much needed attention. The audience of certified brace fitters, orthotists, and bracing professionals was presented with a question.
“Where are all of your prescriptions for OA Knee braces?”
The presentation examined the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s (AAOS) Treatment Guideline for knee osteoarthritis and the AAOS Position Statement on Knee Bracing. A contradiction in the two publications was discussed.
The point of the presentation was that knee bracing is losing market share to medications. Even though knee bracing is effective and safe (nobody has ever died from a knee brace), doctors opt to keep prescribing medications to treat osteoarthritis.
Tom McGovern has been working with osteoarthritis knee braces for over 15 years. He was reached for comment after his presentation:
“Unloader Knee Braces work, and in many cases offer instant pain relief.” McGovern said. ”Patients looking to postpone surgery or who are experiencing negative side effects from medications should consider knee bracing.”
This post is the sixth in a series of blogs about bio mechanical knee braces. These orthopedic appliances are used to treat unicompartmental osteoarthritis. Knee braces are a conservative treatment option for patients looking to increase function in their arthritic knees and experience pain relief.
The Rebel Reliever Arthritis Knee Brace is intended for patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis. This unloader knee brace is built from measurements. A prescription is required for this knee brace and it must be fit by a certified orthotist. Don’t ever buy an unloader knee brace over the internet and try to fit it yourself. These knee braces will change the way your knee functions.
This off loading knee brace is constructed from aircraft aluminum. It is lightweight and strong. It will open your joint space to provide pain relief and increase function.
Health insurance generally covers knee braces used as treatment options for knee osteoarthritis.
The Geriatric Unloader Brace is designed for patients with unicompartmental osteoarthritis. This unloader knee brace works best for geriatric patients, or patients who only require a mild amount of pain relief.
This knee brace is constructed from neoprene, so it provides circumferential warmth and compression. There is one hinge in this brace. It is placed on the side opposite of the arthritis. The hinge gently opens the joint space to relieve pressure and provide pain relief.
It is easy to put on and take off which is important to patients with arthritic fingers. Also, this is the only bio mechanical knee brace on the market that does not require a prescription. This knee brace is more substantial than a neoprene sleeve, but simple enough that a certified orthotist is not required to fit it. This is a brace you can order yourself by taking one measurement at your knee center.
It is an inexpensive and conservative treatment option for osteoarthritis of the knee.
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, unloader 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. Unloader 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 unloader 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.”
This post is a continuation of a series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Full Guideline for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis.
Recommendation 10 – The AAOS is unable to recommend for or against the use of knee braces with varus directing forces for patients with lateral uni-compartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.
The reason unloader knee braces received a “can’t recommend for or against” rating is because there aren’t any published studies on the subject. The vast majority of patients with unicompartmental osteoarthritis are affected on the medial or inside compartments of their knees. In rare cases, usually relating to trauma, osteoarthritis can affect the lateral or outside compartment of the knee.
So to date research teams have been unable to get enough people together with lateral compartment osteoarthritis to put together a study.
This article is part of a series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.
Recommendation 9 – The AAOS is unable to recommend for or against the use of a knee brace with a valgus directing force for patients with uni-compartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.
The evidence for this treatment option is graded as inconclusive because the research team only looked at two studies. The Kirkley study proved that unloader knee braces reduce pain and increase function in arthritic knees. The Brouwer study showed that patients do not tolerate knee braces well.
It is because the AAOS looked at one positive study for the use of knee braces and one negative study against the use of knee braces that they decided on a wishy-washy, can’t decide for or against attitude towards knee bracing. Why didn’t they look at third study and break the tie?
This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
Knee braces can reduce pain, improve stability, and diminish the risk of falling in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
There is clear evidence that physical function, stiffness, and pain are significantly improved in patients with knee osteoarthritis when they use an appropriate knee brace.
Valgus knee braces, also called an unloader knee brace, or off-loading knee braces, or bio-mechanical knee braces are recommended in 8 out of 9 existing guidelines for the management of knee osteoarthritis.
The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 76%.W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.