Osteoarthritis is commonly referred to as “wear and wear” arthritis. It’s a condition where the natural cushioning in the joints wears out. When this occurs, the bones found in the joints end up rubbing against each other, exerting unwanted pressure on the shock absorbing cartilage. This particular rubbing may lead to the swelling of the knee, stiffness, pain and might also result in the formation of bone spurs. Your ability to move is also hindered as a result. This is where a knee brace for osteoarthritis comes in.
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It’s true to say that age is a major risk factor for osteoarthritis of the knee, but nowadays, young people also seem to be affected by it as well. For certain people, it may be hereditary, while for others, it can be as a result of an injury, infection or from being overweight. The pain and the inflammation that is experienced as a result of osteoarthritis in most instances can put pressure on your daily life by limiting both the intensity and duration of your physical activities including sports and work life. However with the help of knee brace specifically designed for osteoarthritis, those afflicted by OA can quickly reduce the inflammation, pain and the stiffness of the joints, as well as prevent further bone degradation and tissue damage. These braces work by eliminating or at least reducing some of the pressure off your knee, which makes it a bit easier for you to move and walk around.
Before considering the prospect of buying a particular knee brace, it is essential to take into consideration the area of the knee that is causing the pain. Medial pain will be felt on the inside of the knee joint, while the lateral pain is generally located on the outside of the knee joint. Additionally, patellofemoral pain, characterized by pain behind the knee cap is also a possibility. Osteoarthritis knee braces are usually recommended for individuals having uni-compartmental damage which means that the pain is concentrated in one of the compartments. The diagram below shows the different stages of knee OA (taken from Medical News Today).
Knee Brace For Osteoarthritis
There are several knee braces on the market these days that do a good job at supporting OA sufferers. Here are a few suggestions, broken down for you based on whether you have mild, moderate or severe knee pain.
Ultra Flex Athletics Knee Sleeve
This one is an extremely popular choice for several reasons. First, it was designed specifically with sports in mind. It uses double silicone anti-slip material so you are not constantly adjusting it when playing sport or even just walking around. But the main reason why it’s so popular is because of the compression. The optimal compression grade material does a great job at increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation/swelling, which is great or those suffering from mild arthritis.
WEB Donjoy Osteoarthritis Reaction Knee Brace
This particular knee brace is meant for people who are suffering from arthritic-based mild to moderate knee pain, but still want to do mild activities including biking, hiking, and other types of sports. The silicone webbing does a great job at absorbing the shock to the knee and provides relief to your anterior pain by supporting the patella. The brace comes with an undersleeve, making it extremely comfortable to wear. (Note: When purchasing, you can choose which side the hinge is located, depending on the location of your pain.)
Ossur Unloader One
This knee brace for osteoarthritis is designed for those suffering from moderate to more severe knee pain caused OA. It’s similar to its predecessor (the Unloader), however this version has been completely redesigned. Not only does it weigh half the weight of the Unloader, it also provides 30-50% more unloading power. Other improvements include: 1) SmartDosing dial that lets you easily adjust the tension, 2) Low-profile contour that lets you wear it under clothing, 3) Perforated material that provides more breathability, which means you can wear it for longer periods of time.
These are just a few knee brace for osteoarthritis examples that are available these days. We hope that you found this article useful. If you are an OA sufferer and have tried one of these braces before, we’d love to hear your feedback. Also, if you have any other comments or questions, use the comment form below. For more information on Osteoarthritis of the knee, refer to our post: What Is Osteoarthritis Of The Knee?
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This article was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. The decision to purchase a knee brace for osteoarthritis should be made with your doctor.