Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that affects the knee, often in the bones, cartilage and synovial fluid of the joint.
In an arthritic knee, the smooth cartilage of the joint that covers the end of your femur and tibia has worn away, often causing pain in the knee.
Bracing is one way to help relieve this pressure on the medial or lateral aspect of the knee. At One Bracing we have a wide range of options to target osteoarthritis, from mild to severe conditions.
If you feel as though you may have osteoarthritis, please consult your doctor.
Mild OA may involve minor loss of cartilage in the knee joint. Symptoms can include pain, stiffness and tenderness of the knee. Braces may be prescribed to help stabilize the affected area, while reducing pain and increasing confidence during activity.
In the moderate stage of osteoarthritis, symptoms may include pain, stiffness and tenderness of the knee as well as localized swelling after extended periods of use. Bracing is one method that a Doctor may prescribe to treat this level of osteoarthritis with the goal of limiting pain. This may also help to reduce the rate of progression of arthritis in the knee.
Treatment for severe osteoarthritis often includes surgery. However, for those who have elected against surgery or may have an increased wait before their surgical date, bracing may be a good option. Severe osteoarthritis results in a decrease in synovial fluid and little to no cartilage left in the knee joint, leaving the knee stiff and immobile.