All Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment
About Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Throughout our lives, our knees play a major role of holding up the pressure that our body weight puts on them each and every day. There are many types of knee problems that can occur in people of all ages. One of the many conditions that causes pain in our knees is Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and occurs over time when the protective cartilage on the ends of our bones starts to gradually wear down. There are many signs, symptoms, and causes of osteoarthritis and 4 different stages that a patient may undergo; talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any unusual pain in your knee. Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoarthritis, however there are many treatments that can help manage the pain and slow down the progress of this condition.
BraceAbility offers a wide variety of knee braces that can help patients dealing with osteoarthritis in their knee. The compression and protection provided by the knee braces can help to ease pain and help you live a more comfortable life while managing osteoarthritis.
Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment Options
There are a wide variety of treatment options for individuals suffering from Knee Osteoarthritis. The best treatment depends on the severity and stage of your knee OA. The following treatment options are ideal for relieving pain and strengthening your joints:
Physical/Occupational Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
Both physical and occupational therapists are great to help manage OA pain by educating patients on how to properly use their joints. Physical and occupational therapists help patients find ways to perform daily task without the added pressure on one’s joints.
Medications for Knee Osteoarthritis
Another great treatment option for knee OA are pain and anti-inflammatory medications such as: analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and hyaluronic acid. In addition, ice and heat therapy are great for reducing pain and swelling from OA.
Osteoarthritis Knee Exercises & Weight Control
A combination of daily exercises and proper nutrition are great because it keeps you active while also strengthening your joints. In addition, exercise and weight control also help take off the extra weight that may be putting added stress on your knee joints.
Surgeries for Knee Osteoarthritis
Surgical procedures for knee osteoarthritis are last resort possibilities, but if your doctor feels it is necessary due to the severity of your condition, the options are: arthroscopy (removes damaged cartilage), osteotomy (realigns the knee), and arthroplasty (joint replacement).
Knee Osteoarthritis Injections
In some cases your doctor may recommend injections of corticosteroid medications to help relieve pain in your knee joints from OA. Hyaluronic acid is another common injection option which offers pain relief and additional cushioning into your knee.
Osteoarthritis Knee Treatment Braces
Osteoarthritis Knee Unloader Braces
The most popular and effective type of knee brace for Osteoarthritis patients is known as unloader braces. The purpose of an unloader brace is to release the pressure of our body from the knee joint that is damaged. The unloader brace can help manage knee osteoarthritis by easing the pain that may be caused by the absence of cartilage that is supposed to protect our bones from rubbing together. Although these osteoarthritis knee braces help to relieve pain, it is important to understand that if you are experiencing any pains in your knee to talk to a professional. Also known as an offloader knee brace, BraceAbility offers four of the best and most comfortable knee braces for those experiencing osteoarthritis pains.
● Knee Brace for Osteoarthritis: BraceAbility’s very own Knee Brace for Osteoarthritis is one of the most affordable, effective and highly recommended knee braces for this condition. It is lightweight and helps keep pressure away from the damaged knee joint. Located on this knee brace is a medial and lateral frame for better protection and support to the knee meaning that the knee will not come in contact with the opposite leg when walking. It is lined with faux-suede padded liners to ensure a comfortable fit for long term use. This knee brace offers the best protection and support with a low-profile, lightweight, and breathable fit to the leg.
● Ossur Osteoarthritis Knee Brace: The Ossur Carticare Knee Brace is a functional supportive knee brace for patients dealing with ligament instability. It can be used post-operative or for long-term rehabilitation to protect and support the knee in the most effective way. Used to unload pressure from the joint in pain, this Carticare knee brace can be easily adjusted to fit your needs due to the flexion/extension controls. This knee brace has a very comfortable, lightweight and open design and will greatly help patients who are suffering from osteoarthritis.
● Unloader Spirit Knee Brace: Offered by BraceAbility is the Unloader Spirit Knee Brace for patients dealing with osteoarthritis in the knee. This adjustable, l ightweight and low-profile brace can help to ease pain for mild to moderate osteoarthritis. There is an upright bar located on the side of the knee experiencing pain to provide greater support and protection. This spirits brace allows for the knee to be mobile and adjustable for a more customized fit. Lined with cushion for extra comfort, this unloader knee brace can be worn for long periods of time.
● Ossur Unloader One OTS Knee Brace: The Ossur OTS Knee Brace includes intuitive strapping and dense lining for increased patient comfort. By releasing pressure from the knee, pain is able to be minimized. The Ossur knee brace conforms easily to each patient's unique leg shape due to the flexible, perforated shells. The OTS knee brace can help greatly to improve function of the knee while supporting and keeping it protected.
Heat and Ice therapy Braces for Osteoarthritis
BraceAbility offers several braces that provide hot or cold therapy, while also applying compression. This is helpful so you don’t have to hold the hot or cold pack on, the brace provides the compression for you. Both hot and cold therapies are effective in their own ways. Heat helps the muscles relax, while cold helps to minimize pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Switching between hot and cold therapies is an excellent thing to do for people with arthritis, making sure each therapy is used properly. You can experiment and select the method that gives you the best relief.
When you apply ice or cold compression it provides a quick pain reduction while also reducing inflammation. You should avoid using cold if you have circulatory problems. It is also recommended that you do not apply cold therapy for more that 20 minutes at a time. A good knee brace for this is the Cold Therapy Compression Brace, which applies the compression you need, while icing your knee.
If you apply heat, it will provide a soothing form of pain relief. Heat relaxes the muscles and stimulates blood flow. It also improves circulation and reduces stiffness in the joints that are experiencing pain. Make sure that your temperature is never uncomfortably high, otherwise you may burn your skin. Do not apply heat for longer than 20 minutes at a time. BraceAbility offers a knee wrap that heat or ice packs can be inserted into. This would be a good option if you were looking for a heat, or both heat and ice.
Neoprene Sleeve and Wraps for Knee Osteoarthritis
A neoprene sleeve or wrap would work great for mild osteoarthritis, or even for preventative protection. The Arthritis Knee Wrap is made of neoprene which provides warmth and compression that helps to treat arthritis. Also, these braces would help with just general arthritis rather than osteoarthritis. If you are looking for more knee braces for just general arthritis, check out our arthritis knee braces. General arthritis is different than osteoarthritis because of how the body reacts to your joints. Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage in the joints begins to deteriorate, causing rough moving and painful joints. General arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the tissue between the joints.
Bauerfeind Genutrain A3 Brace for Moderate Knee Osteoarthritis
The Bauerfeind Genutrain A3 can be used for mild or moderate knee osteoarthritis, or even for beginning arthritis. It is designed to target the areas of inflammation and swelling in the knee joints. It is comfortable to wear and is made of silicone banding that keeps the brace from bunching and moving around. This brace would be ideal for someone in the first stages of osteoarthritis and looking for some relief.
Heel Wedge Insoles
Sometimes heel wedges are recommended to patients for medial compartment osteoarthritis. These cushion wedges have a raised pad on one side for lateral or medial unloading. The raised padding of the silicone inserts allow for proper alignment of the feet along with weight distribution to help improve pain associated with knee OA and other knee pains as well.