Knee Bracing for Arthritis Pain

Conditions like osteoarthritis can make you feel as if your knee is about to give out. Unfortunately, you may lose confidence in the knee and avoid putting weight on it entirely, which can limit your activities and quality of life.

While there’s no cure for knee osteoarthritis, a combination of strategies can help relieve your pain, such as exercise, physical therapy, and steroid injections. You can also supplement any of these treatments with a knee brace that helps keep you active!

A knee brace can reduce pain and offer some stability by shifting your weight off the most damaged portion of your knee. Many patients ultimately report improved mobility and quality of life, but it must be worn consistently and properly for lasting effects. Seek a doctor’s advice for the best bracing for your situation.

At KneeCare Clinics, our team of professionals can outfit you in a fantastic knee brace that will best fit your active lifestyle! If you’ve tried other nonsurgical treatment methods but your pain continues to limit your daily activities, contact us to schedule an appointment for knee bracing in St. Louis.

 

Which Type of Knee Brace is Right For You

There are different types of knee braces depending on how bad your knee pain is, the location of your arthritis (under the kneecap, outside or inside of the leg, etc.), and more. People may wear a knee brace temporarily while recovering from an injury or surgery or on a continuous basis in order to relieve arthritic pain. 

Several types of knee braces are available to people across St. Louis, including:

  • Knee braces that stabilize the kneecap and reduce pain
  • Compression neoprene knee braces that support the knee and help prevent swelling
  • Knee immobilizers that prevent the knee from moving
  • Unloader knee braces that shift body weight away from the injured part of the knee to a stronger area

When it comes to arthritis pain, an unloader brace may be particularly useful because it pushes the knee back into normal alignment. By putting more force on the outside of the knee, it takes pressure off the inside of the knee and diverts it away in order to stabilize the area. An unloader brace won’t cure arthritis, but it can help prevent the knee from giving out and relieve pain. 

Overall, the right type of knee brace depends on your situation and the cause of your knee pain. Speak to a provider at KneeCare Clinics to see which is right for you.

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Approaching Knee Bracing

During a knee bracing consultation at KneeCare Clinics, a specialist will take certain steps to assess the situation and outfit you in a knee brace that best fits your lifestyle. Here’s what a typical consultation may look like:

The provider will first examine your knee and ask about your history of arthritis and the symptoms that trouble you most. You will discuss what activities you hope to increase by wearing a knee brace and learn about the pros and cons of the different types of knee braces.

After taking measurements of your leg to determine what size you need, your doctor might have you try on various knee braces to determine what style feels best and will be easiest for you to use. When one feels right, you can walk a few paces to feel how your knee functions. The specialist can also show you proper care of the brace, how to put it on and take it off, and how to tell whether it needs adjustment.

Following the consultation, you can either go home with a new brace or wait for your order to come in. Be sure to follow the clinic’s instructions about when and how to wear your knee brace. Some people wear their knee braces only during continuous activity, such as playing a sport or walking, while other people find it helpful to wear the brace most of the day.

Conditions We Treat

Bone on Bone

“Bone on bone” is another word for knee osteoarthritis— a degenerative joint disease that results from years of wear and tear. As a progressive disease, it can lead to a significant loss of cartilage in addition to increasing pain with time. Knee bracing may not be able to treat knee osteoarthritis, but it can help diminish the bone on bone feeling inside the joint.

Arthritis

Among the 100 different kinds of arthritis, we treat common conditions every day such as psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Knee bracing can be used to provide external stability to the knee joint causing the joint to realign and decrease the contact between the two rough bone surfaces caused by arthritis.

Bursitis

Knee bursitis is an inflammatory condition caused by overuse that causes bursa near the knee joint to become swollen. Wearing a knee brace can help apply warmth and compression to the area as well as control bursitis swelling and protect the kneecap from further injury.

Why Knee Bracing?

The number one reason people choose knee bracing is because it has been shown to reduce pain in the knee joint, but there are so many other reasons to give knee bracing a try! Benefits of knee bracing include:

  • Improved stability – A brace that keeps your knee straight shifts weight away from the inside of your knee and the damaged area, in turn, offering stability and support.
  • Diminished swelling – Some braces provide compression (gentle pressure), which can help to reduce swelling that occurs after activity for those with arthritis.
  • Better circulation – Introducing compression and heat can help dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation to your arthritic knees. the improved blood flow can also help relax stiff joints and muscles
  • Increased mobility – Bracing may help with mobility, especially when recovering after an injury. It may also make exercise more bearable so you can strengthen the muscles around your knees.
  • Greater confidence – Wearing a brace and knowing you have extra support can give you greater confidence in your knee when completing daily tasks. It may even remind you to be more careful with that knee when you’re physically active

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

How is your knee brace different than one that I bought at a local pharmacy or online?

Answer:

Our knee braces are off-loader braces. Which means they apply pressure to one side of the knee which helps decrease pressure on the joint. When worn correctly, this can help your knee last longer and wear more evenly.

Contact us for Durable Medical Equipment in St. Louis

Durable medical equipment, such as knee bracing, can reduce arthritis pain and restore your quality of life! You can find a deeper level of enjoyment in your personal relationships, careers, hobbies and more with the help of KneeCare Clinics! 

Contact us now or speak to our patient advocate to see which knee brace is right for you and if insurance can help cover other knee pain procedures. 

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