Arthritis Knee Braces & Supports from Health and Care

Wednesday, 28 November 2012  |  Naomi

If you suffer from arthritis is your knees you may find that a specialist arthritis knee brace will help you regain mobility and ease the pain. There are around 10 million people in the UK with arthritis. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. We have a number of knee braces and supports for arthritis which are suitable for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. We will look at the best arthritis knee supports and examine how they work in helping relieve arthritic pain.

Osteoarthritis in the knee is a very common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis in the knee causes damage to the surfaces of the knee joint, preventing the knee to move as well as it should do. The Donjoy Osteoarthritis Assist Knee Brace is a specialist arthritis knee brace which has been designed for mild to moderate unicompartmental osteoarthritis. The Donjoy Assist Osteoarthritis Knee Brace is known an ‘off-loader’ knee brace. This type of arthritis knee brace relieves the symptoms of osteoarthritis by applying pressure to the knee joint on the opposite side of the knee to the side suffering from osteoarthritis.

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis on the inside (medial compartment) of your right knee, the hinge of the brace on the outside (lateral compartment) of the knee joint will apply pressure towards the inside of the joint. The pressure on the healthy side of the knee joint will open up the knee joint on the osteoarthritic side thus preventing osteoarthritic friction. This pressure on the knee joint will also anatomically shift your weight onto the healthy side of the knee joint and the knee brace itself.

Evidence suggests that off-loading knee braces such as the Donjoy Osteoarthritis Assist Knee Brace and the Donjoy Ajuster Osteoarthritis Knee Brace are effective in reducing pain, improving stability and diminishing the risk of falling. Specialist osteoarthritis knee braces help to enable arthritis sufferers to regain an active lifestyle. Osteoarthritis knee braces are also recommended to delay the need for surgery, often in cases where the osteoarthritis sufferer is deemed too young for surgery.

There are a number of different osteoarthritis knee braces available from Health and Care and if you are looking to purchase one, we would always advise that you show your doctor or physio the brace you are considering to make sure it is suitable for your condition. For example, the Donjoy Everyday Osteoarthritis Knee Brace has been designed with consideration of the elderly osteoarthritis patient. The Donjoy Everyday is a simple osteoarthritis knee brace and has a patient friendly quick release buckle system for easy application. This Donjoy Osteoarthritis Knee Brace also comes with extra padding for maximum comfort against the skin.

If you are looking for a lightweight osteoarthritis knee brace the Donjoy Osteoarthritis Nano Knee Brace is the world’s lightest functional osteoarthritis knee braces available off the shelf. This osteoarthritis knee brace is designed for people suffering with moderate to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis. The Donjoy Osteoarthritis Nano Knee Brace is made from a flexible magnesium frame which allows for an intimate fit.

If you are suffering with osteoarthritis in your knees you may find that an osteoarthritis knee brace can help to improve your quality of life. As the knee braces help to relieve the pain you may find that you do not need to take anti-inflammatory medications. Osteoarthritis knee braces have the potential to transform a sedentary lifestyle into an active lifestyle. To view our full range of arthritis knee braces and supports click here.