Brace Yourself For Knee Pain Relief

Brace Yourself For Knee Pain Relief from Meryl Waurich Physiotherapy Practice Germiston Boksburg Benoni Alberton East Rand Gauteng

By: Meryl Waurich Physiotherapy Practice Germiston Boksburg Benoni Alberton East Rand Gauteng  09-30-2009
Keywords: Health Care, Health Services, Boksburg

If you're among the estimated 10 million  who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, take heart in knowing that several nonsurgical options, pharmacologic and otherwise, are available for easing the pain of an arthritic knee.In addition to the judicious use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids, options include weight control, leg-strengthening exercises, and the use of assistive devices, such as a cane or walker.

Another option for many patients is a knee brace a device, either soft or rigid, that is worn around the knee to provide support and reduce excessive loading on a damaged joint.

Bracing options:

The simplest type of brace is a one-piece sleeve made of an elastic rubber neoprene that fits snugly around the knee area. Appropriate for use by patients with relatively mild OA, these sleeves, available over the counter at most pharmacies, compress the affected area, providing warmth and a moderate amount of support. "Some patients, especially those who are comparatively active, may benefit from wearing one of these devices," says Dr. Molloy.

"Sleeves may decrease pain, and a fair number of patients claim that to be the case, but we don't really know why, since these devices don't have any structural effect on the joint."Of greater value for patients with more advanced knee OA, says Dr. Molloy, is an "unloader" brace a semi-rigid device made of molded plastic and foam, with reinforcing steel struts on each side to limit the knee joint's lateral movement.

"It's a custom-fit brace that's most often prescribed for people with arthritis in the medial compartment," he says. "When some people with arthritis in this part of the knee walk, you can actually see the knee wobble toward the inside. It's not dangerous, but this wobbling called a varus thrust can be painful."The unloader brace is designed to provide three points of pressure on the thigh bone, which forces the joint to bend away from the inside of the leg. In effect, it relieves pain by transferring pressure from the inside part of the knee to the outside part."The knee comprises three components: the medial compartment (on the inside of the joint), the lateral compartment (on the outside), and the patellofemoral compartment (the area behind the kneecap). Knee braces are primarily recommended for patients whose loss of knee-joint cartilage is "unicompartmental" that is, confined to only one of these three compartments. "The devices are most frequently prescribed in cases involving the medial compartment, since that is where OA most often develops," says Dr. Molloy.

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